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When India was busy fighting for its dignity, AB de villiers was busy creating HISTORY!

Who else on Earth can hit a six like this!!!
Yesterday, India lost the match to Australia. Though it was evident after Indian squad put a miniature total of 267 runs on the board, like every other Indian, I had a hope. A hope that our bowlers who are not known for their bowling on overseas pitches would conjure their underlying skills and deliver us a miraculous victory. It wasn't going to happen. Despite our not-so-good bowling, we still used to win because somehow our skipper always made the right decisions. Change of bowling, change of field, MS Dhoni's every move used to give fruits. It is not the case now. When MSD brought in his part-timer Raina to complete remaining overs of M. Shami who was giving away a lot of runs, S.Raina instead of controlling runs let alone taking wickets gave away two sixes in two overs. We did give a fight in the final phase of the match. When first, Steve Smith in 40th over and Aaron Finch in the next over got out, Indians did see light but the truth was we were not going to win. The wickets fell a bit too late. Australia needed only about 50 runs with six wickets in hand. Umesh Yadav and Axar Patel bowled really very well in the final phase but R. Ashwin and Bhuveneswar Kumar gave it all away. And that 10 runs to Ashwin in two balls; It was the end of the game.

In the final overs, as it was evident that India would lose, I started flipping through channels when I came across the match between South Africa and West Indies. Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw had just broken the record of Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar of 194 runs partnership for the first wicket. SA were 195/0. They went on to make a partnership of 247 runs. When the first wicket fell on 247, West Indians might have felt a little bit of relief. Little did they know, that this 247 in 38 overs were just the calm before the storm. AB de Villiers was now on the crease. He got off the mark with a boundary on the very first ball. In 15 more balls, he got a 50. In another 15 balls, he was at a marvelous 104 and in another 12 balls he had scored 45 more runs. Staying for less than an hour on the ground, he played 44 balls, scored 149 runs with a mind-boggling strike rate of 388.6 and hitting 16 sixes. From 247 in 38 overs, AB de Villiers took SA to 439 in 50 overs.

I cannot help but call him the New God of Cricket. Is he a god of cricket because he hit 149 in 44 balls?. No, because Rohit Sharma's 264 was a similar achievement but he is no God. Is he a god because he has a wonderful stats in ODI (7440 runs in 171 innings with an average of 53 and a strike rate of 97)and tests and even T20s? No, because Virat Kohli and Hashim Amla have similar stats. Then what makes him the new God?

What makes him the new god is that that he has redefined cricket. His batting style is very innovative. He has hit a six over mid-wicket in a Dale Styne's delivery coming at a furious 150 kph that was outside off stump. He can play a scoop shot in any seam bowler's over. There are innumerable such moments when cricket was redefined when he choose not to play in a conventional manner. It is a prevalent myth that a batsman can only live long if he plays in a conventional manner. AB de Villiers broke that myth myriad number of times in ODIs and T20s. Hitting sixes is one thing, hitting them gracefully is another. AB de Villiers is that graceful player who makes a six over extra cover on a Dale Styne's delivery look so easy. His idiosyncrasy is his innovative batting style. He is an audacious player and no one can match him in this. Yes, Sachin Tendulkar will always remain a God. But if there is a God in present cricketing world, It can be none other than Abraham Benjamin Devilliers.

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