AB de Villiers reveals his idols while growing up
AB de Villiers has been an integral part of South African cricket history. He has played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs, and 78 T20Is for his national team before announcing his retirement on May 23, 2018. He might not be playing international cricket now but he is playing domestic cricket to entertain the fans at the best scene.
Former South Africa batsman is currently plying his trade in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) for Brisbane Heat. This is his first season for the franchise and in four matches, he has scored 44 runs by far.
We all know that AB de Villiers is a world class player who has made an indelible mark in the world of cricket. But it is really important to know who inspired AB de Villiers in his childhood. Who were his heroes when he grew up? The former Proteas captain himself has come up with the names.
In a recent interview with cricket.com.au, AB de Villiers was asked about his cricketing idols while growing up. In response to a question, AB de Villiers picked the names of legendary South African cricketers like Brian McMillan, Shaun Pollock, and Jonty Rhodes.
As far as global cricketers, the 35-year-old named cricketers like Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, and Sanath Jayasuriya.
“My heroes while growing up, locally guys like Shaun Pollock, Jonty Rhodes, and Brain McMillan, then all around the world guys like Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, I watched quite a bit while growing up,” said De Villiers.
“Sanath Jayasuriya when he was sort of changing the game with all those sixes in the first ten overs. So many heroes growing up and I remember clearly playing garden cricket with my brothers and pretending like I’m Shaun Pollock or Jonty Rhodes and doing that famous run-out and all of that, so really cool,” added De Villiers.