The New Sachin Vs The Freak

Reflection on the last IPL game Between Royal Challenge Bangalore and Hyderrbad Sunrisers.

After the conclusion of a thrilling match which saw the Sunrisers fall short by a massive 45 runs. This was due in part to the amazing partnership between Virat Kholi and AB De Villiers two of the most outstanding modern day batsmen. Looking at the aggressive unorthodox and wildly pleasing batting style of AB and the masterful stroke play of Virat we are forced with a choice of comparing two of the best. But we will let the stats decide have a look and have your say the new Sacchin Vs the Freak.

Virat has been gifted a strong bottom hand and that makes him play flicks elegantly than anyone in the world. Those shots he plays are reminiscent of Tendulkar, Laxman, Damian Martin and Mark Waugh. He is great to watch when he steps out and plays that inside out drive for six and that head movement, elbow, footwork everything goes like a textbook stuff.

AB’s batting skills as every one of us know how he played Styen in IPL and hit him all over the park. That itself speaks about this sheer batting skills, no doubt he is modern cricketing genius. He has almost equal number of runs, hundreds, fifties and average in test and in ODIs. He is simply an unbelievable man.

Currently, Virat Kohli is joint with AB in ODI century race but South African is miles ahead of the Indian in test cricket. In terms of date of birth, AB de Villiers is 4 years, 8 months & 19 days (1723 days) older in age than Virat Kohli. Kohli is captain of India’s test team, a pressure job that’s certain to curtail his statistics as batsman but AB too has taken over the leadership role in test & ODI as well as sometimes keeps wickets (very rarely in tests now).

In following, we present to you some statistics to represent how these two batsmen fare against each other.

Virat Kohli v AB de Villiers career facts:

  • Virat Kohli made his International debut (ODI vs Sri Lanka on 18 August 2008) nearly 4 years after AB de Villiers (Test vs England on 17 Dec 2004).
  • In terms of prominent World records, AB de Villiers own the fastest ODI century which he made off just 31 balls against West Indies in 2015.
  • Virat Kohli was fastest to 7000 ODI runs, reaching the mark in 161 innings while AB was second fastest to 7000 ODI runs, in 166 innings and fastest to 8000 in 182 innings. Hashim Amla will almost certainly break all these records.

    Test Career Statistics

    Batsman

    Mts

    Runs

    100s

    Best

    Ave

    50s

    AB de Villiers

    106

    8074

    21

    278*

    53.74

    39

    Virat Kohli

    41

    2994

    11

    169

    44.02

    12

    ODI Career Statistics

    Batsman

    Mts

    Runs

    100s

    Best

    Ave

    50s

    Virat Kohli

    171

    7212

    25

    183

    51.51

    36

    AB de Villiers

    200

    8621

    24

    162*

    54.56

    48

    T20I Career Statistics

    Batsman

    Mts

    Runs

    100s

    Best

    Ave

    50s

    Virat Kohli

    43

    1641

    0

    90*

    58.60

    16

    AB de Villiers

    71

    1368

    0

    79*

    23.58

    8

    IPL T20 Career Statistics

    Batsman

    Mts

    Runs

    100s

    Best

    Ave

    50s

    Virat Kohli

    124

    3212

    0

    99

    33.11

    20

    AB de Villiers

    105

    2652

    2

    133*

    37.35

    16

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