The Super-Human Cricketer Abraham Benjamin De Villiers
He has announced his retirement last week at the age of 34, it is quite surprising and shocking for a typical cricket fan to see someone announcing retirement at 34 that too when he is still far from losing the art of destructing top bowlers around the world. The reason he quoted was “I am just tired”, the word “tired” must be obscure for many as ABD is enjoying the star status and is very close to breaking many records in cricket. When you dig deep, you will understand that it is not easy for someone to reach the expectations and be on the top all the time even if he is a super-human like ABD. He has fastest 50, 100 and 150 records in ODIs under his name. He has 50+ batting average in both tests and ODIs. In a recent test match against India in 2018, Hashim Amla, one of the few modern batsmen who has most of the technical shots in his quiver was struggling against India’s spin bowling attack but ABD as soon as he took the guard has started scoring runs with ease. Just imagine the kind of mental toughness one needs to achieve in order to do something of that sort. Some of the shots might seem unorthodox but there is certain technique which is restricted to himself and only he can execute that with utmost perfection. He has a nickname “Mr 360” because of his ability to hit the ball in any angle from the wicket.
We all miss the chant “ABD, ABD” which made many Indians nostalgic as the chant reminds them “Sachiiiiiin Sachiiiiiin” which the God of Cricket used to receive. We all miss the fighting spirit that ABD has exhibited over the years, we all miss over the top fielding stunts, we all miss the 360 degree shots which cover every nook and corner of the ground. He is undoubtedly a great batsman, super entertainer, extraordinary fielder but above all he is a great human being.
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