Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt
Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt (File Photo | AFP)

Salman Butt, the former Pakistan skipper has narrated an interesting incident where a fast bowler from his team refused to bowl a yorker to AB de Villiers in fear of being swept for six. Without naming the pacer, Salman Butt recalled an exchange that took place between him and the cricketer during a World Cup match.

South Africa’s AB de Villiers was one of the most feared batters in world cricket during his playing days. He earned the nickname ‘Mr. 360’ for his ability to smash the ball into almost every corner of a cricket ground.

AB de Villiers plays a sweep during a match between South Africa and Pakistan. Pic: Getty Images
AB de Villiers plays a sweep during a match between South Africa and Pakistan. Pic: Getty Images

Salman Butt Recalls Incident When A Pakistan Pacer Was Overawed By AB de Villiers And Refused To Bowl A Yorker Fearing He Would Hit A Sixer

The Proteas legend retired from international cricket in 2018. He continued playing in domestic T20 leagues before announcing his retirement from all forms of cricket last year. Praising AB de Villiers, Salman Butt shared an interesting anecdote about the fear he created in the minds of bowlers.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, he recalled: “I asked a genuine fast bowler, I won’t name him, why he didn’t bowl a yorker to ABD during a World Cup match.

“He told me, ‘he sweeps for six, I am not going to bowl a yorker to him’. That was the kind of impact he made on genuine fast bowlers, who bowled at over 150 kph. I don’t think any player like that has even picked up a bat in recent years.”

Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter

AB de Villiers represented South Africa in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs, and 78 T20Is, scoring over 20,000 international runs. The former South Africa skipper had announced his retirement from all forms of the game after last year’s IPL 2021.

Before retiring, AB de Villiers was one of RCB’s most important players since joining the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in 2011. During his time with the team, he helped them make it to the playoffs five times. AB de Villiers also helped RCB qualify for the IPL final twice. He played 156 matches for RCB and scored 4,491 runs.

Salman Butt It’s Too Early To Compare Suryakumar Yadav To AB de Villiers

Recently, Australian legendary former batter Ricky Ponting paid a massive compliment to Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav, stating that he bats a bit like AB de Villiers did in his prime. Reacting to Ricky Ponting’s comment, Salman Butt said that it was too early to speak about the two in the same vein.

Sharing his thoughts, the former Pakistani batter said: “Suryakumar has just started playing international cricket. He is talented and has played some very good knocks. But it is too early to compare him to De Villiers. We need to wait and watch. He has to play some big international games and I am sure he will do well. But no one has yet played cricket like ABD did.”

Suryakumar Yadav- Lindsey Parnaby / AFP
Suryakumar Yadav- Lindsey Parnaby / AFP

Suryakumar Yadav has played 13 ODIs and 23 T20Is for India, scoring 340 and 672 runs, respectively. Suryakumar Yadav has six scores of fifty or more in 20 innings in T20I cricket. Three of them have come from the No.3 spot, including the one on his debut against England in Ahmedabad last year, and two from the No.4 spot.

Suryakumar Yadav has the ability to make batting look ridiculously easy. He did so when he kick-started his T20I career with a hook off the first ball he faced, from Jofra Archer, for six. More recently this July, at Trent Bridge, he walloped 117 off 55 balls in a chase of 216 where no other Indian batter passed 30.