Indian skipper –Virat Kohli and South African star batsman –AB de Villiers are two of the best batsmen of the modern era and leading scorers of the ongoing Freedom Series between two countries.
So far in the Test series, which won by the hosts South Africa 2-0, Kohli, and De Villiers have scored 191 runs at an average of 47 and 200 runs at an average of 50 respectively. The final Test of the series is scheduled to play on 24 January at The Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.
South African bowling legend –Allan Donald is highly impressed with both players, saying he would like to bowl at the dashing Indian right-hander, while bowl some dot balls to AB de Villiers to frustrate him.
Donald told Sports24, “I’d say Kohli because I feel from a red ball perspective if you bowl fuller and get tight on that fourth stump outside off stump, you can get him out. You can get more dots than you would with AB, which can frustrate him. He’s been caught behind before on that kind of ball and if his first 20 balls are there, he tends to find it hard to leave.”
On being asked about planning against Kohli and ABD, Donald – one of the most successful pace bowlers in the history of the game, said, “I have a standing joke that if you’re sitting in a team meeting planning to get guys like that out, good luck to you. They’re obviously freakish players and the only other player I can remember who’s similar is Ricky Ponting, although he didn’t have De Villiers’ flair.”
Donald signed off by saying, “I had the pleasure of watching both make hundreds in the IPL (Indian Premier League) – I’d never seen hitting like that. But with AB, whatever you plan technically in a team meeting goes out the window. He’s a player you can’t plan for because he has so many options. The problem with them is they’re technically very organized and hit good balls for four.”