Shoaib Akhtar makes a shocking remark on AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers is widely regarded as one of the best batsmen in modern-day cricket. Although he has retired from international cricket in May 2018, there are reports that CSA has been working to bring him back for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021.
He is the most sought-after players in the present era. He is the nightmare to most of the world-class pacers. In fact, he is also loved, admired by fans globally. He is also popularly known as Mr.360 because of his ability to play shots all around the park.
He is actively involved in playing franchise cricket all over the world. He plies his trade for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. Having played 114 Tests, the former Proteas player scored 8,765 runs with a phenomenal batting average of 50.66.
The world-class batsman scored 9,577 runs in ODIs at a batting average of 53.5. He scored 1672 runs in T20Is. He hit 22 hundreds and 46 fifties in Tests, 25 centuries and 53 fifties in Tests and 10 fifties in the shortest format of the game.
I have actually seen batsmen crying while facing Asif: Shoaib Akhtar
Meanwhile, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar who often comes up with his opinions on the sport and the players has made a shocking remark on AB de Villiers. The Rawalpindi express had claimed that the former South African international used to almost cry when playing againt Mohammad Asif.
Akhtar explained how de Villiers and VVS Laxman struggled to get going against Asif. “Even bigger than Wasim Akram, the guy that I’ve seen bowling is Mohammad Asif. I have actually seen batsmen crying while facing Asif. Laxman once said ‘how will I face this guy’, AB de Villiers literally started crying during the Asian Test Championship,” Rawalpindi express was quoted as saying to Sports Today.
Akhtar went on to credit Jasprit Bumrah, adding that the talented Indian pacer has ample variations. “But I think after Asif, Bumrah is the smartest fast bowler presently. People were doubtful about his fitness in Test cricket, even I was watching him closely. He has a quick bouncer, is deceptive and sharp and a good character this guy is,” he added.
Earlier, Asif made the headlines when he claimed that the current batch of Pakistani pacers is actually 10 years older. “They are so aged. It is written as 17-18 years on paper, but they are actually 27-28 years old.
They don’t have the flexibility to bowl 20-25 overs. They don’t know how to bend the body and they become stiff after a while. They are not able to stand on the field after bowling a 5-6 over spell,” Asif stated.