AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers

Lionel Messi broke down in tears as Argentina suffered another tournament heartbreak to Chile at Metlife Stadium near New York. Following the loss, Messi, in the heat of the moment, shockingly announced that he is quitting the national team. Everybody knows what happened yesterday. Today we going to take a look on “Messi in world cricket”. Lionel Messi and AB de Villiers are both legends in their own game. Though there are similarities between the duo.

AB de Villiers is one of the best batsmen in world cricket. On his day, he can create magic in 22 yards. Some of his skills show he is from some other planet. Just like Messi, de Villiers has been termed as a superhuman or an alien because of his incredible powers. Messi played many brilliant matches for Barcelona and his national team as well. AB de Villiers also played many good innings with even great fast bowlers.

It is widely known that Messi can single-handedly destroy oppositions when he is on song. A good example would be the return leg against Arsenal in 2010 where Messi was the destroyer-in-chief as he scored four exquisite goals past a hapless Gunners defence. Just like Messi, AB de Villiers can be the smiling assassin as his blitzkrieg has single-handedly destroyed the opposition on quite a few occasions. His innings of 149 off 44 balls against the Windies this year was other-worldly, to say the least.

When AB de Villiers walked into bat in the Test series or ODI against any team, the crowd went crazy chanting his name. It proved how much he was loved by the people.That is where the comparison with Lionel Messi comes in. Messi along with Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world right now. But while Ronaldo has his fair share of haters, the same cannot be said about Messi. While it is true that Real Madrid fans hate him, that is more because he plays for Barcelona than anything else. You may or may not be a Messi fan, but you can’t help admiring him!

When Lionel Messi runs with the ball, the ball seems to be glued to his feet by magnetic force, he can run and dribble at equal pace and the swerve on his free-kicks is almost impossible to believe. AB de Villers has impossibly quick hands and can open up incredible angles with his shots. If the ball is outside the off-stump, trust ABD to still sweep you over square leg.

When you are Lionel Messi, you expect to win everything. Messi did not clinch any major trophy for his country. Things seemed to be poised for a change in the 2014 FIFA World Cup as Messi was in sublime form. But he could not drag Argentina over the line in the final. The now famous photograph of a wide-eyed Messi looking at the World Cup trophy as he walks past it can be easily compared with a teary AB de Villiers captured after losing the World Cup 2015 semi-final. Like Messi, ABD has failed to inspire his country to win a major tournament for his country.


    Sudipta Biswas is a 27 year old cricket fan.He started watching the game when Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid made their debut. Once had a dream of playing for the nation, now aspires to be a sports journo ! You can contact him @sudipta88dip on Twitter.

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