No one as good as Wasim Akram: de Villiers

Wasim Akram
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram. — AFP/File

BIRMINGHAM: South African skipper AB de Villiers revealed he has been a great fan of former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram, saying there is no one who can match his skill in the current crop of fast bowlers.

“No, no one,” said AB when asked any current bowler can match Wasim. 

“I haven’t seen a bowler as good. It was just nice to watch the program, and I felt that I needed to just get it out there. I get along with him well,” said AB who tweeted in Wasim’s praise after watching a video of former great on SkyTv.

AB said he meets Wasim in Indian Premier League.

“He’s at Kolkata with the IPL every year, and we always have nice chats. And to actually get a bit of insight in the programme on how he used to bowl and what he was thinking while he was bowling is really nice.

“Obviously shared all of that with a lot of players in the past, not only with Pakistan players but a lot of players at the IPL. But that’s something you’re born with. It’s a natural skill that he was born with.”

South Africa face Pakistan in their second Champions Trophy match at Edgbaston on Wednesday.