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AB de Villiers Reveals His Pick For The Best T20 Player
By CricShots - Mar 6, 2023 7:48 pm
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Former South Africa skipper, AB de Villiers has picked his greatest T20 player of all time. Experts have often been seen siding with one player or the other in this perpetual debate of finding the best. The likes of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, Jos Buttler, David Warner, and Kieron Pollard are often seen as the usual suspects in such debates.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers and Kohli played a lot of cricket together during their stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The camaraderie the two international cricketers share with each other has been widely known in the cricketing world. The former Indian skipper is the highest run-getter in T20Is (4008 runs) and the IPL (6411 runs). Meanwhile, legendary West Indies batter Chris Gayle is the all-time leading run-getter in the T20 format, having amassed over 14,000 runs across tournaments.

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While speaking to SuperSport, AB de Villiers was asked about his choice for the greatest T20 cricketer of all time. Surprisingly, he did not pick his good friend Kohli or Gayle and instead went with the 24-year-old Afghan player Rashid Khan, calling him ‘the best’. While saying so, he praised Khan for his three-dimensional contribution on the field and his competitive attitude.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan

AB de Villiers 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; he’s very competitive, and he’s right there with one of the best T20 players. Not one of the best, the best.”

Rashid Khan is one of the main attractions in any T20 cricket tournament. He has been a T20 mercenary ever since he stepped into the world of franchise cricket. The Afghan all-rounder is the third-highest wicket-taker in T20Is. He has scalped 126 wickets from 77 games, which includes four four-wicket hauls and a couple of five-wicket hauls.

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The fiery leg-spinner has proved his ability with the bat as well, having added 1893 runs to his name in 222 innings. The 24-year-old spinner won the 2022 IPL title with newcomers Gujarat Titans. He joined the Hardik Pandya-led side prior to the tournament last year, thus ending a brilliant spell with Sunrisers Hyderabad.