The former South Africa captain, AB de Villiers shocked the cricket world when he announced his retirement from International cricket with immediate effect. He is one of the greatest entertainer and most loved cricketer in the world. de Villiers holds the record of fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODIs. He is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen South Africa ever produced.
He earned the true fans all over the world with his hard hitting skills and some unorthodox shots. It is really difficult to measure de Villier’s career in numbers. AB de Villiers had won many games for his team single handendly from no position. With just one year to go for the 2019 World Cup, AB de Villiers hanged his boots from International cricket. Is this possible to find a replacement for de Villiers? The answer is ‘No’.
South Africa has lot of young guns in their domestic circuit and now that de Villiers has retired, here we take a look at three player who could possible replace the South African superstar in the shortest format of game.
#3 Christiaan Jonker
Christiaan Jonker, who made right noises in the domestic circuit, has an average of 28.27 and a strike-rate of 132.56 in the T20 format. Jonker scored 1665 runs including seven half-centuries in T20s. He made his T20 International debut against quality bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Chahal. Jonker smashed 49 runs off just 24 deliveries and can replace de Villiers in the T20 format.