The former Indian opener, Gautam Gambhir often hits the headlines for not mincing his words while giving his opinion on the game and players alike. This time Gambhir went to compare two legendary batters, AB de Villiers and Suresh Raina, regarding their immense contribution both in the IPL and International cricket.
However, for the uninitiated, the comparison was drawn in terms of the IPL performances and their impact on the team. As per Gambhir, Chennai Super Kings’ Raina has been a better player and performer than his RCB counterpart. Besides, the former cricketer, who himself led a franchise in IPL emphasized the fact that Raina has won 4 IPL trophies while de Villiers could never get to lift the title even once.
Additionally, Gautam Gambhir went on to mention that it seemed that AB de Villiers only achieved personal milestones rather than playing for the team’s cause. Hence, the southpaw’s impact and stature are more recognized than De Villiers’s.
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During a recent chat with Star Sports, Gautam Gambhir said, “AB de Villiers only had personal records in the IPL. Anybody could have scored runs in Chinnaswamy stadium.” His comments came during a discussion about the ongoing series between India and Australia, Gambhir came up with his views on de Villiers.
Albeit, it is worth mentioning that the fans are divided about Gambhir’s opinion. Some fans chimed in support of the former Indian opener’s comments while some chose to troll him. Speaking of de Villiers’ records in the IPL, Mr. 360 has played in 184 matches, whereby, he amassed 5162 runs with a decent average of 39.71. During his journey in IPL, he managed to smash 3 centuries and 40 fifties, while representing the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) and Royal Challengers Bangalore between 2008 and 2021.
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On the contrary, Raina played 205 matches for CSK, where he hit one century along with 38 fifties with an average of 32.52 with an emphatic strike rate of 136.76. Moreover, for his impeccable consistency, Raina is dubbed as ‘Mr. IPL’ by his beloved fans. Now only time will tell if AB de Villiers will reply back on the claims made by the two-time IPL winner.