AB De Villiers

AB De Villiers, the greatest all-format batter to play for South Africa has declared his greatest T20 player of all time. Over the years we have seen many great T20 players. The Caribbean names first come to mind when we talk about great T20 specialists. Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, and Dwayne Bravo are all T20 players who are in a league of their own. Apart from them, we also have Australians like Michael Hussey, and David Warner and English Players like Eoin Morgan. There are a few great Indians on this list too! We have Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, and Virat Kohli too. But AB De Villers has chosen someone else. Here is a look: 

AB De Villiers Names Rashid Khan as the Greatest T20 Player: 

AB De Villiers Picks Rashid Khan.
Rashid has been a true maestro. He came in 2015 with a mystery that to date isn’t solved! IMG SRC: GT

AB De Villiers in an interview with SuperSport TV spoke about how and why he felt that Rashid Khan is the best T20 player ever. He said, “My greatest T20 player of all time is none other than Rashid Khan. He delivers with bat and ball. Match winner in both departments; he is a livewire in the field and has got the heart of a lion. He always wants to win and he’s very competitive, and he’s right there with one of the best T20 players. Not one of the best, the best” 

AB De Villiers elaborated on the fact that Rashid Khan made contributions with the bat as well as the ball. His bowling is known to every fan, but his batting skills have been on the rise for the past few years.  

Other Options for AB De Villiers:

The world of cricket has seen many great T20 players. We have AB De Villiers himself scoring 9424 runs while playing 340 T20 games. He played at a strike rate of 150! We also have his RCB teammate Virat Kohli in the ranks. Virat has scored 11326 runs in the 360 T20 games that he has played. An outside choice could be to pick Shakib Al Hasan.

AB De Villiers Greatest T20 Player
AB De Villiers could have named Polly as well. Polly has played 600+ T20 games scoring 12000+ runs. IMG SRC: MI

Hasan has been around since the inception of this format. He has played 397 games scored 6500+ runs and scalped 443 wickets! Dwayne Bravo, the highest wicket-taker in the history of the IPL could have been named too! He has played 558 games scoring 6896 runs and bagging 615 wickets. But AB chose to pick a little underrated player.

Rashid Khan, the Best T20 player Ever, According to De Villiers: 

Rashid Khan has always been the top leg spinner since his debut. He made an impact in his first season of the IPL itself. It was in 2015 that he came to play for the Sunrisers Hyderabad and became the talk of the town. Further, he was ranked number 1 by the ICC for a very long time. He is currently ranked number 2 in the T20 rankings. Here is a look at his stats in T20Is: 

Matches 77 
Wickets 126 
Average 14.44 
Strike Rate 13.92 
Economy 6.23 

Here is a look at his stats in IPL Games: 

Matches 92 
Wickets 112 
Average 20.83 
Strike Rate 19.62 
Economy 6.38 

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