Two of the best batsmen in the world right now – Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers – are in the form of their lives, and they are reigniting the long debate of ‘who is the best batsman in the world’ with their stellar performances in IPL 2016. The duo, who play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, are redefining the art of batting with their stupendous displays.
Their stature has even drawn comparisons with two of the current football greats Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have been mesmerising football fans over the last 10 years. The charismatic Cristiano Ronaldo and the incredible Lionel Messi are undoubtedly the best footballers in the world right now, and it was obvious that some fans of both games would try to compare them with the current cricketing superstars.
Recently when England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler tweeted that watching AB and Virat bat together felt like Ronaldo and Messi playing on the same team, the fans went berserk. But finding similarities between the quartet was not an easy task.
Here are 5 reasons why Virat Kohli and AB de Villers are the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi of cricket.
Each of these four players has been an epitome of consistency for their respective teams, and they have nullified the law of the averages with gusto. Year after year, season after season they have kept performing for their teams, and that has really made them stand out from the rest.
The quartet break records game after game and make the jobs of statisticians quite tough. They keep churning out unbelievable performances and rewrite the record books day in and day out. Let’s look at some of the unbelievable records that these four phenomenal gentlemen currently hold.
3) Amalgamation of talent and hard work
Talent can take you to a certain level. But after that, it is the amalgamation of hard work and talent which matters the most. We have seen immensely talented sportspersons lose the plot because of their lack of hard work and their poor attitude.
4) Transformation of the players
All these players made their debuts at a very young age and over the years, they transformed to become greats of the game. Now they carry their teams on their own shoulders and set examples for others with their inspirational performances.
While we all know about Kohli’s aggressive nature, he is someone who doesn’t hold back from expressing himself. The Indian is a person who wears his heart on his sleeve and plays the game with immense passion. He backs his no-nonsense attitude with stellar on-field performances and in this aspect he can be compared with the charismatic Portuguese.
All these four guys are tremendous athletes and their passion for winning is remarkable. But nature-wise too the four have something in common.