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5 batsmen who could excel at baseball

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HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 01:  AB de Villiers of South Africa bats during game four of the One Day International series between New Zealand and South Africa at  on March 1, 2017 in Hamilton, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
de Villiers is called ‘Mr. 360’ for a reason

Cricket and baseball are closely related and apart from a few technical differences, the batting skills demanded by both the sports are pretty identical. The similarities don’t end there – both games originated in England and have been popularised across the globe.

Batting is of prime importance in both sports and there are players who have succeeded in cricket who could possibly excel in baseball too.

We take a look into five batsmen who could have been big names in baseball too. 

#5 AB de Villiers

Hockey, football, rugby, swimming, tennis, and golf - sports that AB de Villiers played before eventually zeroing in on cricket. Cricket and its fans would easily have been deprived of a modern day genius had the South African batsman not opted for cricket and picked any of the above mentioned sports.

Undoubtedly the most gifted South African batsman, de Villiers is a class above the rest and has been a crowd favourite, courtesy of his explosive brand of cricket. Factoring in his versatility, it won’t be a shocker if de Villiers becomes a baseball player after hanging his boots in cricket!

(Video Courtesy: TOP10 INSANE - Cricket YouTube Channel)

There is an obvious reason why the Proteas batsman has earned the nickname of ‘Mr. 360’. He can muscle the ball across the entire circumference of the field from deliveries of similar line and length and this quality can work wonders for him in baseball. 

In the recent past, he has been plagued by injuries, but the big-man hasn’t run out of gas and is still a force to reckon with.

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