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Big little ABD


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AB de Villiers
T20
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Headingley
ODI
the T20 World Cup
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Viv Richards
Sachin Tendulkar
Kevin Pietersen
Gautam Gambhir
Faf du Plessis
Grant Elliott
Dale Steyn
Cap
Broken
Corey Anderson
Brian Lara
Abraham Benjamin de Villiers


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India
Gwalior
Durban
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Ahmedabad
Perth
Delhi
Adelaide


World Cup
the T20 World Cup
the World Cup
the 2011 World Cup
the 2015 World Cup
World Cups

Positivity     46.00%   
   Negativity   54.00%
The New York Times
SOURCE: https://www.thecricketmonthly.com/story/1220539/big-little-abd
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Summary

He didn't want in with South Africa. There were reports that he approached the South Africa team management before last year's 50-over World Cup to give it a tilt, and is now trying to stay in the frame for the T20 World Cup this year (pandemic permitting). India played 27 ODIs in the 365 days leading up to the 2011 World Cup and Sachin Tendulkar, close to 40 and ravaged by injuries, played just four of them (including the one where he scored 200 not out - against South Africa, in Gwalior). But this means that a front-line batsman will have to make way for the big man come World Cup time. The AB I'd love to see is the one who, in the green and yellow of South Africa, became the best limited-overs batsman in the world. In the semi-final of the 2015 World Cup, used to watching South Africa fluff their lines at the climactic moments, I felt a lump in the throat when Grant Elliott hammered the final six off Dale Steyn and the cameras panned to AB. But if the T20 World Cup does take place this year, and AB does play, I won't be rooting for South Africa. Who is to say AB, and South Africa, can't do it this time? And while the South Africa cricket set-up could have played a better role in resolving the issue, AB could have done better too.

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