South Africa captain AB de Villiers’ batting blitzkriegs in the last two months have been so good that even his own team mates are in awe of them, fast bowler Dale Steyn said on Friday.
De Villiers has scored 241 runs in four innings at the tournament, including a stunning 162 not out against West Indies from 66 balls. He has a strike rate of almost 162 and has the most sixes (11) and fours (22) in South Africa’s vaunted lineup.
Prior to the tournament, he belted a 31-ball century against West Indies, smashing the old record for the fastest ODI ton by five balls.
Seeing AB de Villiers bat is just like watching the character of Neo in The Matrix movie, according to South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn.
In The Matrix, Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, is transformed from an unassuming computer technician into someone who is revealed to have super-human powers, be they fighting skills or an ability to dodge bullets.
Last week, in a World Cup match against West Indies in Sydney, de Villiers smashed the fastest 150 in one-day international cricket during a 66-ball 162.
It is much like watching The Matrix movie, really. There is Neo and here is AB de Villiers for all of the South Africa team right here. Like he himself just does not understand how good he is, Steyn said Friday of the Proteas captain.
Players around the world, bowlers are struggling to find a way to get this guy out. The only way to get him out is when he gets himself out. He is that good at the moment. Hopefully, the South African cricket team can see more players like him because it does make the game more entertaining to watch.