AB de Villiers picks 5 best bowlers he has faced in his career
AB de Villiers has been an integral part of South Africa cricket history. He shocked everyone with his retirement from international cricket. However, he has been thoroughly entertaining his fans as far as the domestic league is concerned. Former South Africa batting great has played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs for the team, in which he scored 8765 and 9577 runs. Moreover, he averaged 50-plus in both the formats of the game.
AB de Villiers hit the headlines recently after making his Big Bash League debut between Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat on Tuesday. The special batsman was presented with a Brisbane Heat cap by none other than former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds.
Ahead of the kick-off, AB de Villiers, in an interview with cricket.com.au, picked the five best bowlers he has ever faced in his career. The flamboyant batsman initially started with the legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne and went on to explain why he was such a terrific bowler.
“Obviously, Warnie (Warne), purely intimidation factor, I think he was a good bowler, but he wasn’t unplayable. I was felt comfortable and saw the ball nicely, felt good on the bat, but between him and Gilly (Adam Gilchrist) behind the stumps, it was really intimidating for a 22-year-old to find his feet,” 35-year-old added.
After naming Warne, AB de Villiers straightaway picked Stuart Broad as another bowler whom he found tough to face. He also admitted that he didn’t rate Stuart Broad early on in his career but the fact that Broad made giant strides to become a really good bowler impressed AB de Villiers.
“I think Broady, Stuart Broad. Broad has come to the party in the last five years. I didn’t rate him early on, but he’s become a really good bowler. He’s sort of got my number over the last couple of series we’ve played. I’ve had these numbers a few times as well, so it’s not just the one-sided thing luckily,” said AB de Villiers.
The former Proteas captain named Pakistan’s Mohammad Asif, along with Australia duo- Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
“Some seam bowlers, Mohammad Asif from Pakistan, he’s very similar to Hazlewood once again, and Hazlewood also makes in the list and Pat Cummins as well.”