Legendary South African speedster Dale Steyn was unimpressed with the decision of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to send AB de Villiers lower down the batting order.
AB de Villiers, who is undoubtedly one of the greatest T20 batsmen of all time was sent to bat at No.6 in the RCB’s encounter against SRH, players like Dan Christian and Srikar Bharat were sent ahead of him.
Speaking of this move by RCB the former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) player Dale Steyn said it was a criminal act to send De Villiers at No.6 and he opined that Royal Challengers Bangalore can’t expect De Villiers to pull something miraculous every game.
“Personally, I just think that’s criminal,” Steyn said on Star Sports. “If you look at this leg, not many of the death overs have gone for big runs. So expecting AB to go out there and create those kind of miracles is a tall ask. Especially when it hasn’t been happening a lot, the wickets haven’t been that helpful. He is one of the best in the world, let him bat. I know they have qualified but the man has to bat. He can’t be facing just 13 balls, that is just criminal.”
AB de Villiers Has To Bat At Four Or Maximum Five – Sunil Gavaskar
The legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar believes that De Villiers should not bat at number 5 or below at any cost. Also he was not happy with RCB’s decision to sent Srikar Bharat ahead of AB de Villiers in the batting order. Gavaskar Stated:
“Definitely. Not just because he will be contributing more but simply because he is so good to watch. Such a wonderful, innovative player, Mr. 360 we call him. You have Bharat batting at three or four? Come on. With the greatest respect, he is a promising young cricketer, this is his first time on the big stage. So far it has worked but like I said earlier on in the show as well, how can you have AB de Villiers batting at No.6. He has to bat at four or maximum five. Glenn Maxwell with the kind of form he is in, comes in at four, De Villiers at five,”