IPL 2021: Sunil Gavaskar reveals name of batsman he loves to watch – Is it Virat Kohli or someone else?

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IPL 2021: Sunil Gavaskar reveals the name of a batsman he loves to watch – is it Virat Kohli or someone else?- Cricket Legend Sunil Gavaskar is a huge fan of T20 cricket, which is evident from the fact that he never misses his IPL commentary stint every year. Gavaskar, who comes from an era where batsmen rarely used to hit the ball in the air, revealed his favourite T20 player. It is none other than RCB’s AB De Villiers.

“AB de Villiers… bat like him, you know 360 degrees, play everything. I mean, just make it look as if you’re having a net. He makes it look so simple. He hits a fair distance, and he is very elegant as well. When he hits some of those shots, I love how his bat’s follow-through goes right over the shoulder. It’s not one of those punches; it’s like a proper shot. I love watching him bat,” Gavaskar said on The Analyst Inside podcast.

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Besides huge sixes and pace of the game, he loves certain aspects of the shortest which he finds interesting.

“I know a lot of people who played around my time, they’re not happy with the T20 format, but I actually love it. I love it for the simple reason that you know it’s a 3-hour game, and you get a result, and you get to see so much action. When somebody plays the switch hit and the reverse sweep, I’m out of my chair because I think those are fabulous and incredible shots, and it takes a lot of skill to be able to hit them for sixes,” the former India captain explained.

It is notable that AB De Villiers was in red-hot form in the IPL 2021 Phase 1. He amassed 207 runs in 7 matches as RCB ended up winning 5 out of 7 matches. He also became the only second overseas batsman to cross 5,000 runs in the IPL. His tally also features 3 tons and 40 half-centuries.

Following a great run in IPL 2021 where he was RCB highest run-getter, ABD was in talks with the South African Cricket for a potential return to international cricket, which he had quit back in 2018.

“Discussions with AB de Villiers have concluded with the batsman deciding once and for all that his retirement will remain final,” Cricket South Africa said in its statement.

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