Australian fast bowler, Josh Hazlewood, who has troubled many modern greats with his nagging line and lengths, has picked the toughest batsman he has bowled to.
Hazlewood conducted a Q/A session on Instagram Live where he interacted with his fans. There, one of the users enquired Hazlewood about the most troublesome batsman he has bowled at.
Like many others, the New South Wales pacer named Proteas ace AB de Villiers as the toughest batsman to bowl to.
The two have clashed on several occasions whenever Australia locked horns with South Africa in Tests as well as in ODIs.
“There are a few around the world at the moment. But I would definitely say AB de Villiers. I’m pretty happy that he retired from international cricket,” Hazlewood stated.
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Hazlewood’s bowling style is often compared to Australian legend Glenn Mcgrath with a similar run-up and accuracy.
Representing Australia in as many as 106 international games, Hazlewood has 281 scalps to his name, with best figures of 6/67 in Tests and 6/52 in ODIs.
The 29-year-old, however, found it an uphill task to bowl to ‘Mr 360’, who is now a franchise cricket wayfarer, after hanging his boots from international cricket. De Villiers has represented Brisbane Heat, Tshwane Spartans, Lahore Qalandars, and Rangpur Riders of-late in top leagues of the world.
Much had been talked about AB’s return into the national outfit for the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia. The likes of Mark Boucher remain optimistic about his place in the South African squad for the coveted tournament.
Under normal circumstances, AB was scheduled to resume his stint at the Indian Premier League (IPL), donning the red and black of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). However, due to the global pandemic crisis, the tournament was suspended indefinitely.