India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli’s ability as a batsman has often been compared to AB de Villiers by cricket experts.
However, it is now clear that the South African is ahead of Kohli and is widely regarded as the best batsman in the world across all formats.
AB’s popularity among fans was never in doubt, but the ongoing tour of Proteas in India has seen rise of the right-hander as some sort of a cult figure.
From Kanpur’s Green Park to Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium, Indian fans have cheered every run and ton of De Villiers like one of their own.
Having surpassed Kohli, De Villiers’ connect with fans and his batting record is now being compared with legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
Former South African pacer Fanie de Villiers said AB is going to be more popular than Sachin Tendulkar in world cricket.
“AB is going to be more popular than Sachin Tendulkar in world cricket. That’s the calibre of a person we are talking about; that’s the cricketer we are talking about; that’s the loveable, marketable player we are talking about. He is in the Sachin Tendulkar category.
If you are in the Tendulkar category, when it comes to marketing the game of cricket, you are special. You can compare his records with Tendulkar; you feel this guy is even better than Tendulkar in ODIs. You can compare his popularity around the world and at home, he is in the category of Sachin Tendulkar.