AB de Villiers also named Jasprit Bumrah and Rashid Khan as bowlers who always challenged him.
Former South Africa captain AB De Villiers named legendary Shane Warne, Indian speedster Jasprit Bamra and Afghan spin sensation Rashid Khan as the toughest bowlers he has ever faced.
Since retiring from all sport in 2021, de Villiers has been spending quality time with his family. However, he appeared on his JioCinema commentary panel at his recently concluded IPL 2023, giving valuable input during the competition’s matches.
Mr. De Villiers says that Warne’s aura and behavior make him even more challenging, while Bumrah and Rashid’s habit of “standing in front of them” makes them difficult opponents to defeat. Told.
“I think the first time I went to Australia in 2006 was Shane Warne. It wasn’t so much because of his skill or technique, it was just because of this guy’s presence and the aura he had. .” And obviously I was pretty inexperienced. I knew from the start that he was coming out,” de Villiers told Robin Utappa in a JioCinema chat.
“The game felt easy, but he was a smart, great player and worked very quickly.” This is my technique. In straight play, it is not completely effective. So he drove really slow, slow, straight. And I missed the fastball, and soon after, 2005, 2006, 2007 were my weak points. I was missing fastballs, especially when I was leaning back a little bit,” he said, recalling his first experience with Warne. .
“As I got older and more experienced, new challenges came from bowlers like (Jasprit). So it was always a big challenge.So I have a lot of respect for him and his style of playing cricket.I have contacted him a few times.He came back to me It came and got me a few times, and I love that competitive spirit.
Rashid Khan, it’s hard to attack at night again. When he tried to pull me out, I hit him with three-sixes.” And they’re the type of bowlers I’ve always struggled with and always had a lot of respect for,” he added.
Meanwhile, Bamra has been sidelined since September 2022 after recurring back injuries. Pacer is currently in Bangalore rehabbing after surgery at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Bumla is aiming to return to the squad for the highly anticipated 2023 ODI World Cup, which is scheduled to start on 5 October in India. Men In Blue will play their first match against five-time champions Australia at MA Chidambaram in Chennai on Sunday 8 October.