Ali Bacher reads out Sachin Tendulkar's message in praise of AB De Villiers
Former South African captain Ali Bacher on Wednesday said Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar hailed AB De Villiers as a special cricketer.
Bacher also believes De Villiers has done the right thing by opting out of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand. The former captain met De Villiers recently to interview him for his television series.
Reading out the message from Tendulkar, Bacher said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo,"I got hold of Sachin Tendulkar, who was my first interviewee for the show in 2010, and I asked him to send me a few words about AB. He holds AB in such regard for the way he has changed the context of the modern game. AB is a special person and a special cricketer. South Africa must not forget that."
Former national selector reveals how Kedar Jadhav got his power
Former national selector Surendra Bhave revealed that part of the reason for Kedar Jadhav's immense power which was on display in the first ODI against England came from his switch from being an absolute vegetarian to having chicken.
Hailing from a vegetarian family, Jadhav only started eating chicken on the advice of Ranji veteran Surendra Bhave, who played 97 first-class matches for Maharashtra, the same side the keeper currently captains.
"You can surely give this credit to me. It was me who made him eat chicken," laughed Bhave. "I don't want to take credit for his stardom. I am like his coach, elder brother, mentor and guide, who meet on an off or exchange a few texts. The last time (in 2010-11) I told him that his backlift looked astray and he immediately corrected it resulting in an amazing transformation," said Bhave.
Bhave believes that the 31-year-old is good enough to play across all formats and has the ability to contribute in a lot of different ways, whether it is by batting, providing crucial breakthroughs or donning the gloves.
Speaking about the first time he same saw Jadhav, Bhave said: "I instantly knew he was special (he scored 195 from 262 against Kerala during Cooch Behar Trophy). With the kind of ease he was hitting the Kerala bowlers was really different. His body language always looks casual but he's someone who loves to take on the opposition and finish the match".