Former South African skipper AB de Villiers has been a revolutionary cricketer over the years as he expanded the range of cricket shots and brought innovation in batting which contributed to the rapid changes in the pace of cricket, hence the name ‘Mr. 360” of cricket.
The wicket-keeper batsman used to thrash bowlers to all parts of the park without giving any respect to the bowler’s reputation. One of his many victims, Australia’s Nathan Lyon has hailed de Villiers as the toughest batsman he ever bowled at.
“He is probably the hardest batter I’ve ever bowled to, and I’ve played against AB quite a few times now on different tours. He’s probably the one guy who I’ve thought: 'He can probably hit me anywhere he wants at any time,” he said about the flamboyant Proteas batter.
de Villiers would not be taking part in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup as he had retired from international cricket last year due to the consistent injury concerns which were affecting his game.