England’s swashbuckling wicket-keeper batsman, Jos Buttler, recently named Proteas ace AB de Villiers as his idol growing up.
The world-cup winning English cricketer also recalled the time when De Villiers thought Buttler was a player from New Zealand.
The instance Buttler spilt beans about was during an IPL season when he was a part of Mumbai Indians, before making a move north to Rajasthan Royals. Buttler spoke about the incident during a recent podcast organized by the Jaipur-based franchise.
“De Villiers has been my idol growing up. The guy I love watching, he is just awesome,” Buttler stated during the podcast.
Buttler was a part of the IPL winning campaign of Mumbai Indians during the 2017 edition, after joining the star-studded squad in the previous season.
“I was so excited. I was like so cool getting to drink a beer with AB de Villiers. I got back to the hotel and told my fiancee at that time (now wife) we are going to go straight to the bar. AB de Villiers will be there for a drink, this is going to be awesome,” continued the Somerset-born.
“We probably chatted for 20 minutes, having a great time and I was loving it. He has got a pretty strong Afrikaans accent. About 20 minutes into the conversation, he asks ‘which part of New Zealand are you from?’ and that just absolutely killed me,” concluded Buttler.
After few average outings in the middle order, Buttler found his mojo at the opening slot for Rajasthan Royals in the 2018 edition. Since then, he has lit up the IPL with his batting fireworks.
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