Legendary New Zealand Sir Richard Hadlee finds a lot of similarities between him and English swing exponent Jimmy Anderson as both of them have been “more effective” during the second phase of their respective careers.
Hadlee was the first bowler to pick up 400 Test wickets and when he retired from Test cricket he has 431 wickets in his 86 Test career while Anderson currently has 462 wickets in 118 Test matches.
“Anderson does swings it both ways and has good control, and he has over 400 Test wickets now and his average is coming down. It is well under 30 (28.17) now and it was above that for a long time. He is probably more effective now than his first part of his career, which is like me,” Hadlee said during a promotional event.
The former pace bowler of the New Zealand was in Mumbai to promote South Islands, an area is his home country New Zealand.
Hadlee heaped praise on New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and predicted that he will go on to become the “best ever batsman” to have emerged from the Down Under nation.
The former pace star was asked to compare Kane Willaimson with his predecessor Brendon McCullum , Hadlee said, “Brendon played an outstanding brand of cricket. Attacking as a batsman, player, and captain, attacking in the field. Always looking to try new things, he had an aura about him and a tremendous amount of respect.
“It was always about team first and not individual performances, Kane Williamson will do exactly the same but in a different style. He (Williamson) will play attacking cricket in his own way and give his players, to back themselves and be themselves.
“Kane supports his bowlers with attacking field, could be a time where he might be defensive, but that’s the nature of the game. But Kane is going to be around for a long time and he is being given the responsibility of captaincy at a young age and that was same as Stephen Fleming. Fleming is one our great captains and finest players, ” the 65-year-old told reporters last night.
“Captaincy or not, he (Williamson) is going to do some wonderful things in the game and players will enjoy playing under him and what we can see at early stages, he is in control. He will be challenged like anyone else. When things don t go well, that will be the test to make further judgement. At the time, he has started well,” said Hadlee
Hadlee also resonates all the greats of cricket as he believes that the quartet of Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Steve Smith and Kane Willaimson will dominate the world cricket .
But when asked who is the best batsman among the four young batsmen, Hadlee didn’t go for any of the four batsmen. He said AB de Villiers is his favourite batsman.
“Those four players (Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Steven Smith and Williamson) are an outstanding batsman and a joy to watch. To me Ab De Villiers is the number one batsman in the world today in all formats all the game,” he added.