Virat is Federar of cricket: AB De Villiers
As cricket has come to a standstill, the players are taking it to social media to interact with fellow teammates, international cricketers and their fans worldwide. While they are reflecting on their own life, some are also opening up on their lives beyond the sport and some are sharing what they feel inside about cricket.
The former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers, who retired from international cricket in 2018, talked to Zimbabwean cricketer-turned-commentator Pommie Mbangwa in an Instagram live sessions recently.
He went through various topics and also talked about Virat Kohli, the current Indian skipper. He is also currently the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the same franchise de Villiers plays with.
The duo share a heartwarming bond of friendship and often heap praise on one-another during interviews and opinions.
‘Mr360’ de Villiers, in the chat with Mbangwa, said that the Indian batsman reminds him of Swiss tennis star Roger Federer, and Australia star batsman Steve Smith is equivalent of Rafael Nadal, the Spanish star.
“Kohli is more of a natural ball striker. He is like Federer. Smith is more like (Rafael) Nadal, he’s mentally very strong. He’s figured out a way to score runs, he doesn’t look too natural but he manages to break records,”
said de Villiers.
“Kohli, though, has scored runs all over the world and he’s my pick.” He also mentioned India’s batting great Sachin Tendulkar during the conversation with him. Both, Virat and AB idolize Tendulkar but the former South African batsman insisted that the Indian captain remains on top when it comes to chasing down a target in case of winning match.
“Tendulkar has been a role model for both of us, the way he stood out in his era and the things he achieved with grace is a great example for any youngster to follow. Kohli will also say that he’s (Tendulkar) the main guy and he set the standards.
“But I personally feel that Kohli is the best when it comes to run-chases. Tendlkar was amazing in all situations, but in terms of chasing under pressure, Virat tops him. No target is safe when Virat is batting,” said de Villiers.