Michael Holding, one of the legends of the sport, has said that he won’t be worried if he had to bowl to Rohit Sharma or AB de Villiers if he had been playing in contemporary times. Both, Rohit Sharma and AB de Villiers are marvels of modern-day cricket. They are considered to be one of the greatest cricketers of all-time.
Both these cricketers possess multiple cricketing records to their name in international cricket and have a huge fan following among cricket lovers. While Rohit Sharma has gone on to score three ODI double-centuries, AB de Villiers holds the record for smashing the fastest-ever ODI century in just 31 balls against West Indies.
However, Michael Holding reckons that he would have had the plan to deal with these modern giants of world cricket and revealed how he would do it.
Michael Holding Reckons He Knows How To Deal With Rohit Sharma And AB de Villiers
Speaking in an interview on Youtube channel Sportscreen, Holding was questioned on how would he bowl to such modern-day batsmen who have unique shots in their arsenal. ‘How would Michael Holding bowl to present day-batsman like Rohit Sharma who would pull a good-length delivery for a six, or like AB de Villiers, who would shuffle across the crease, pull it 360 degrees,’ the reporter asked.
In his reply, Holding said that he would like Rohit and de Villiers to attempt such shots against bowlers who bowl with the pace he used to bowl at.
“I think batsmen play their shots depending upon the pace of the bowlers. Those players and the shots that you are talking about I would like to see them play those shots against someone with real pace,” Michael Holding said.
Guys Will Really Be Careful: Michael Holding
“Dale Steyn for instance or a Brett Lee or a Shoaib Akhtar. If they can play shots like that against that pace I’ll start to worry about what I am going to do. With the kind of pace I used to bowl, I wouldn’t be worried about those shots being played,” he added.
The West Indies legend further said that he doesn’t think that the batsmen will be scared of his pace, but would certainly need to be more careful when attempting such shots.
“Don’t think those guys will be scared, but they would be really careful about the shots that they attempt because you cannot make mistakes with those pace,” the cricketer-turned-commentator added.
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