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Hashim Amla vs AB Devilliers

The Better Bat

  • Amla

    Votes: 5 25.0%
  • ABD

    Votes: 15 75.0%

  • Total voters
    20

subshakerz

International Captain
Comparable players. Amla has more tons and was a great player of spin. ABD has a better overall record, was more consistent but was a bit of a downhill skier.
 

Athlai

Not Terrible
Not even close. TOTAB was one of the best to ever play the game. Amla one of Saffas best though
 

Coronis

International Vice-Captain
Amla has a better beard. At least we can all agree both were better bats than Kallis.
 

Xuhaib

International Coach
ABD over the complete career though Amla had this ridiculous 5-6 year run where he was arguably the best batsman in the world at a time where there many great players floating around.
 

subshakerz

International Captain
ABD over the complete career though Amla had this ridiculous 5-6 year run where he was arguably the best batsman in the world at a time where there many great players floating around.
The thing is that Amla's peak from 2008 to 2014 coincided with ABD's peaking at the same time, and I think Amla was clearly the better batsman of the two during that time. But Amla's peak ended while ABD's good form continued until his retirement. Which is what makes this comparison interesting.

So far posters seem to think one is clearly better than the other, but are divided who that is.
 

subshakerz

International Captain
De Villiers's average benefits greatly from him deserting his team in tests when he hit a bad patch of form. Loses points for being a ***** imo. Amla batted #3 too so automatically more alpha.
ABD having to bat after Smith, Amla and Kallis in the lineup was a ridiculous cushion.
 

trundler

Cricket Web: All-Time Legend
I thought he actually deserted them when in prime form. (Which is possibly even more annoying.)
In 2016 he took a hiatus from tests after averaging 24 in a series against England. He returned a year later and immediately ****blocked India and then played his best knock against Australia. He certainly had way more in the tank and retired abruptly in 2018 after attempting to pick and choose his tours which CSA rightly denied. In a way he did both.
 

Lillian Thomson

Hall of Fame Member

thierry henry

Cricketer Of The Year
This is purely a comment on a weird blind spot I have rather than an actual comment on this debate - but during their respective careers there was a chunk of time where I perceived Amla as an elite batsman, whereas I never really thought about ABDV. Like in terms of elite South African batting there was basically Kallis from the early 2000s, then it was Kallis and Smith, and then Kallis (waning), Smith and Amla as the leading batters.

ABDV's whole career is pretty much a big blind spot for me for some reason. Perhaps because of batting too low down the order + downhill skiing....
 

ZK$

U19 12th Man
This is a tough one. De Villiers was probably the better batsman, but Amla had the harder job and had more impact.
 

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