Who is the most explosive batsman in contemporary cricket? And who will be your best choice for slog overs batting?
There are five names in the list who are known as the greatest entertainer of fans in international cricket. And they are
- David Warner
- Brendon McCullum
- Glenn Maxwell
- Chris Gayle
- AB de Villiers
1) David Warner:
While Australia are preparing for the home Test series against New Zealand David Warner is celebrating his 29th birthday. He is known as a destructive opening batsman. Sometimes you will find his batting isn’t the talking his mouth probably is. He opened for Australia in all three formats. His strike rate in all three formats is 74.39 in Test, 90.05 in ODI, and 138.43 in T20 respectively. He yet to score a double hundred in Test cricket. The highlight of his breezy Test innings is 159 balls 180 at WACA, Perth against India in 2012.
He is a hitter. Though his ODI batting is not that explosive as his Test and T20 batting is. He preferred to play according to the merit of a ball. His 163 off 157 against Sri Lanka is rather slow than his 178 off 133 balls against Afghanistan at WACA. The problem with Warner is his performance in overseas are not up to the mark.
If you want to see a real destructive Warner then buy a ticket for a T20 match in either Australia or India. His ability to hit the ball hard is unquestionable. In his debut T20 match, he scored a 43 ball 89 against South Africa in 2009.
2) Brendon McCullum:
The New Zealander whose batting transformed into a storm in 2008 IPL. In the inaugural match of the cash-rich league, McCullum blasted a 73 balls 158 playing for Kolkata Knight Riders against Royal Challengers Bangalore that reintroduced a formidable batsman to the World Cricket. A right-handed batsman who made his debut in 2002 but took 6 years to blossom as a brutal batsman.
The year before, 2008 he was just a wicket keeper. He scored his first ODI hundred in 2008. The born of a brutal batsman in McCullum in the middle of his career is a fascinating thing to have happened in international cricket. He has been tremendously consistent in the last seven years.
He bruised English bowlers led by James Anderson scoring 25 balls 77 in the 2015 World Cup at West Pack Stadium. He is a creative man. He can hit an express quick, fast bowlers stepping out. When he bats he doesn’t think for himself. Being the captain, he loved to lead New Zealand from the front.
For him, T20 is the perfect platform for batting. He hit two centuries till now. His first hundred 116 off 56 came against Australia and the second one 123 off 58 balls came against Bangladesh at Pallekele in the 2012 World T20. His Test batting also blossomed late. But, when he captained the New Zealand side, he opted the same batting style. His 202 off 188 balls and 195 off 134 balls the exemplary innings from him.
He loves scoring, fast. For the past few years, he has become a key middle order batsman in limited over cricket. It is not just his hard-hitting batting style that worries opposition captain, but also his audacious shots, especially his pull and reverse sweep. It is not possible to cover every area of a field when Maxwell bat.
He does not care about his personal milestone. He is a perfect team man. He played 55 ODIs. He squandered two chances to register his first hundred. But, his tendency to hit every ball never stops whenever he gets going.
Coming at no. 6 in Bangalore, where Rohit Sharma scored a 209, Maxwell scored a 22 ball 60 that did not earn Australia a victory. But, his innings challenged India’s 383.
4) Chris Gayle:
He is basically a murderer on a cricket field. He virtually kills the bowlers psychological strength. His towering six is monstrous. He broke the nose of a child. IPL cheerleaders are afraid of him.
He hit 215 at Canberra against Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup. The tall and strongly built Jamaican loves to carves through the cover off either foot.
In the era of T20 cricket, Gayle has triumphed like no other batsman. His hand eye coordination
Is outstanding which often allows him to hit good length balls for boundaries. Nobody has taken the T20 as seriously as him. He is the first man to hit hundred in the inaugural World T20 2007. He scored 57 balls 117.
As the days past his batting flourished. In the 2011 and 2012 IPL seasons, he has easily become the most feared batsman in the league. He smashed six and fours and hundreds than any other batsman. He scored an unbeaten 175 against defunct Pune Warriors playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
5) AB de Villiers:
But, now the question is do you have anybody like AB de Villiers-the Mr 360. He has been prolific in both Test and ODI. He has 52.09 average in Test and 54. 21 in ODI. He bats with strategy, power, skill and athletic.
If he is not a cricketer you could see him in any sport as well. HHe has 23 ODI hundred and 21 Test hundred. But, This are is just facts about AB de Villiers. AB de Villiers carved out a niche for him. Among the all above four players nobody as the better average than De Villiers. It is difficult to earn the heart of opposition fans. But, when De Villiers everybody cheer up his name be it Wankhede or New Wanders.
He is technically equipped, along with that he has his own style to play a shot that very few can play. He is the genius. His lap shot to fast bowler proved how his eye and leg coordination are not only good but the best among the contemporary players.
Nevertheless, when he bats bowlers become generous. For example, his 57 balls hundred against India at Wankhede, Mumbai, where he hit 11 sixes and 31 balls hundred, the fastest in the ODI history, against West Indies were pure brilliance mingled with fitness and skill. He is the only batsman in the history who hit more than 10 sixes in ODI twice.
Batting position does not matter for him. He can hammer the ball at any time at any position. His magnum opus 162 off 66 at Sydney against West Indies in the World Cup group league match forced cricket pundits to think about the aphilosophical aspect of the game. However, ABD’s innings made Jason Holder looked hapless. The tall ball was smiling as De Villiers was sending for big sixes. The difference between another destructive batsman and ABD is the South African is an elegant and creative bloke. He is not a butcher.
So, this is your choice whom you will consider the most explosive batsman of the world among the contemporary batsmen. And whom you will chose for slong over batting.