India’s top-order batsmen may not have scored the most runs in recent months, but they are players who command respect across the world for their illustrious careers. Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were among the most consistent and prolific top-orders in international limited-overs cricket for many years and KL Rahul has often provided a seamless replacement when an opening batsman is injured.
Even when they are not at their best, getting Rohit, Kohli and Rahul out cheaply is considered a big step towards victory for the opposition teams. Ace West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder has said that all three would be his dream hat-trick. Holder said, “I will take Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul.” ESPNcricinfo Who are the batsmen who scored their dream hat-trick?
But when asked who was the toughest batsman he bowled to, Holder didn’t name Kohli, Rohit or Rahul. Instead, and perhaps surprisingly, he noted that South African great AB de Villiers had bowled across all formats. “The most difficult batsman I have ever bowled to, full stop, is AB de Villiers. Be it Test match, ODI match or T20. Holder has come across de Villiers’ brilliance many times across formats, most notably when the former South African captain scored a brilliant 149 off just 44 balls in an ODI in January 2015. This is the fastest ODI century. De Villiers, who got to three figures in just 31 balls, also held the record for most sixes in an innings.
Holder, who was then the West Indies captain, was sent to all parts by de Villiers in his final over for a hat-trick of sixes and a four. He was the most expensive bowler for his team, conceding 91 runs in nine overs.
“I would steal the lap sweep from AB de Villiers. I can take Malinga’s yorker any day.
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