India’s Chinaman, Kuldeep Yadav has named the two batsmen who have challenged him the most during his stint in the international circuit. Interestingly, Kuldeep Yadav has named Australia’s Steve Smith and retired South African swashbuckler AB de Villiers are the two batsmen. AB de Villiers, the Proteas legend retired from international cricket in 2018 which broke the hearts of cricket fans across the globe.
De Villiers is one of the legends of the game of cricket and being such a giant figure in world cricket. He is one of the humblest too. De Villiers is one such cricketer who has his fans all across the globe, and his career has been nothing short of remarkable results. De Villiers is simply one of the best players to have graced the field of cricket and some qualities that he possesses make him a class apart from others.
Now, Kuldeep Yadav has said that AB de Villiers and Steve Smith are the two most challenging batsmen that he has ever faced in the international circuit.
Kuldeep Yadav Names AB de Villiers And Steve Smith As The Best Batsmen In World Cricket
Yadav, who went through a prolonged lean patch in 2019, said both the batsmen have unique abilities.
“Smith plays me mostly off the back foot. He plays the ball very late as well, so it becomes challenging to bowl to him,” Kuldeep Yadav told Deep Dasgupta in the latest episode of Cricketbaazi on ESPNCricinfo.
“In ODIs, AB de Villiers is a good player. He has a unique style. Now that he’s retired, it’s a good thing! But other than him, I haven’t found any other batsman who I am sacred will hit me for a lot of runs,” he said.
Steve Smith Has Redefined Test Batting
Steve Smith is a modern-day legend of the game of cricket. The right-hander has an average above 60 in Test cricket at the moment. In the last couple of years, Indian skipper, Virat Kohli has emerged as the undisputed champion due to Smith’s ban after the Sandpapergate scandal. Still, Smith’s return has been magnificent, and he announced it in style during the 2019 Ashes.
Smith is a pioneer in making batting look easy in any condition. He has produced results in England, Australia, the sub-continent and almost at all the venues where cricket is played.
He is widely regarded as one of the great players of spin in today’s cricket, a rare feat for many players who do not belong to the sub-continent.