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IPL 2019: 3 South African players to watch out for

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Published Mar 11, 2019
Mar 11, 2019 IST

#1 AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

ABD has a strike rate of 174.54 in IPL
ABD has a strike rate of 174.54 in IPL

The 35-year-old AB de Villiers retired from international cricket in 2018, but he continues to enthrall spectators all over the world in the T20 leagues.

Because of his ability to hit any ball in any direction, De Villiers is popularly called Mr. 360. He is considered one of the best and most destructive batsmen of the current generation.

ABD is one of the few overseas players who has played all the editions of IPL so far. He has played for Delhi Daredevils (2008-2010) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (2011-present) in the tournament, scoring 3953 runs from 141 matches at an average of 39.53 while striking at 150.93.

In IPL 2018, De Villiers scored 480 runs at an average of 53.33 and a strike rate of 174.54. He has scored 2 centuries and 25 fifties for RCB so far.

ABD is known for his destructive batting and wide variety of shots. He is expected to bat in the top order for RCB this year.

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