There is not much the bowlers or a captain can do when batsmen of the calibre of AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle are on song, says India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the defending champions prepare to clash with the West Indies on Friday.
Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis hit centuries, while Dale Steyn shone in his 100th one-day international, as South Africa showcased their prowess with a 201-run rout of Ireland in the World Cup on Tuesday.
South Africa`s impressive depth was underlined in their emphatic World Cup win over West Indies on Friday and with paceman Vernon Philander and JP Duminy out injured, the Proteas will again rely on their "bench" to shine against Ireland.
South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir described captain AB de Villiers as "the best player of the century" after the skipper smashed a whirlwind, undefeated 162 against the West Indies at the World Cup.
South Africa captain AB de Villiers was laid low by illness which gave him a sleepless night before he found the perfect cure by hitting a breathtaking 162 not out in Friday`s 257-run World Cup rout of the West Indies.
AB de Villiers showed why he is the best batsman in modern day cricket after plundering timid West Indies with a breathtaking 162-run knock off just 66 balls. The South African skipper ensured his side register a mammoth 257-run victory over the Islanders in a Pool B encounter on Friday in the ongoing ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup.
Pakistan cricket fraternity might rate Umar Akmal very highly but none among country's current batsmen can be "even distantly compared" with India's premier batsman Virat Kohli, feels former Pakistan all-rounder Mudassar Nazar.
South Africa skipper AB de Villiers admitted Thursday he was so concerned about a possible World Cup suspension for slow over-rates that he considered handing over the captain`s armband to a team-mate.