South African batsman AB de Villiers
South African batsman AB de Villiers AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

300 not far off if stars hit it like AB

HE might have been wearing bright colours that would have been better off in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, but the innings by South African superstar AB de Villiers during the week got me thinking.

If his knock of 149 off just 44 balls against the Windies was more like a T20 innings, then we must be on track for a batsman to hit 300 in a one-dayer.

We have seen Rohit Sharma belt 264 and Virander Sehwag get a double ton for India and locally, Ben Dunk smash 200 for Tasmania against Queensland this season, so surely a 300 can't be too far away for some of the talented big hitters around the world in the 50-over game.

In T20, getting a century is special, but there is a chance someone could push the scoring rates to a new high if they played like AB.

I wonder if we will we see it in the coming World Cup, particularly from the likes of Dave Warner or Chris Gayle, or even AB himself?

Batsmen these days have the power, the variety and the ability to score more freely than ever. Donging sixes becomes a "go to" shot for some of the big hitters.

Just who will win the competition is hard to pick.

On form it is hard to look past Australia. We have dangerous batsmen who play the home conditions well and a fast bowling contingent that could cause some serious havoc for the sub-continental teams who are accustomed to low, slow wickets.

The other team which will enjoy its home-ground advantage will be New Zealand. I like the brand of cricket the Kiwis are playing and, as we see a lot in cricket, momentum is a huge key in winning competitions.

I'm going to make an early prediction that one of these five players will be the man of the tournament: Brendon McCullum, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Kumar Sangakkara or AB De Villiers.

Hopefully Australia will perform better than Brisbane did in the Big Bash League. The excellent win over Hobart last week at least gave us a lift before we packed up after a disappointing campaign. I think players, staff and fans would all agree that with our list of players we very much underachieved this season.