Former South African captain, AB de Villiers, labeled the current Pakistan captain, Babar Azam, as a ‘very special player.’ de Villiers replied to a tweet directed towards him that quoted Babar Azam speaking about his admiration for de Villiers.
de Villiers, who is known as Mr. 360, replied, “Very special Babar Azam. All the best. Great to be watching cricket in Pakistan again!”
Very special @babarazam258 . All the best. Great to be watching Cricket in Pakistan again!
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) January 26, 2021
He revealed that he was a huge fan of AB de Villiers and spent a lot of time watching him practice in the nets when he was a ball-picker in South Africa’s last tour of the country. He said that he spent more time near the South African practice sessions rather than the Pakistan team.
de Villiers is highly regarded as one of the best batsmen to grace the game and is one of the best in limited-overs cricket. de Villiers averaged over 50 in both the Tests and ODIs before his premature retirement from international cricket. He continues to play T20s in various franchise leagues all over the world and is still going strong. He has scored over 9,000 T20 runs at an average of 37.49 at an amazing strike rate of 150.19.
Meanwhile, Babar is one of the top-ranked batsmen in the international arena currently. He is ranked at number two in T20Is, number three in ODIs, and number six in Tests. He is leading Pakistan in the first Test match against South Africa at National Stadium Karachi. Babar will be looking to bounce back after a thumb injury ruined his tour of New Zealand.