AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli © AFP
AB de Villiers (left) and Virat Kohli scored 229 runs for the second wicket © AFP

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, who smacked beautiful centuries on Saturday for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their match against Gujarat Lions (GL) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 have received great praise from current and former cricketers and experts on the game. While Suresh Raina applauded the cricketers calling their innings as a class act, Jos Butler said that after seeing Kohli and de Villiers hitting the bowlers all round the ground, he felt as if footballers Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were playing in the same team. Kohli scored 109 off 55 balls hitting eight sixes and five boundaries. De Villers, on the other hand remained unbeaten on 129 from just 52 deliveries. He struck 12 sixes and 10 fours. RCB posted 248 for 3 after being invited to bat first. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Lions, IPL 2016, Match 44 at Bengaluru

Glenn Maxwell, who is playing for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in IPL 9 said he is just too bored of regularly tweeting how good ABD (de Villiers) actually is. Meanwhile, Gujarat Lions tweeted that they need to come up with something special if they wish to win today’s game. Yusuf Pathan feels Kohli is playing at a different level currently. Chris Lynn called AB’s knock pretty good. It is widely accepted that de Villiers and Kohli are the most complete batsmen in contemporary cricket. When they are gelling well together, there is very little that the opposition can do. It is like witnessing two extremely gifted players pulverising the bowlers with some excellent stroke play. READ: AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli demolish Gujarat Lions to take Royal Challengers Bangalore to 248-3 in IPL 2016, Match 44 at Bangalore

248 is the highest score by any team in IPL 2016. It will be an herculean task for GL to chase it down. Watching de Villiers and Kohli bat was simply a magical experience for the spectators.