AB de Villiers, former South African captain and Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman, has hailed former Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza for his unrelenting support during the South African legend’s maiden stint in the Bangladesh Premier League.
De Villiers made his BPL debut in 2018. The right-handed swashbuckling batsman was a part of the Rangpur Riders outfit, which was led by Mortaza. De Villiers, during a recent conversation wit Cricfrenzy, said that he and Mortaza, who is hailed as the best-ever Bangladesh captain, have a lot of similarities and that is the reason why they get along so well.
The Proteas legend hailed Mortaza as the ‘fighter’, someone who relished pressure moments and more often than not comes up with flying colors.
“We have a lot of similarities, and I think that’s why we got along so well. He also got the same credentials in a way he loves to fight never say die kind of character, and he loves the pressure moments, and, he loves the person to stand up at the pressure moments so, there is a lot of similarity between us,’’ AB de Villiers said.
‘He is calm under pressure’- AB de Villiers on Mashrafe Mortaza
Mashrafe Mortaza is widely hailed for instilling the cutting edge in Bangladesh cricket. The former skipper achieved a lot of success during his reign which includes bilateral series wins over India, Pakistan, and South Africa in 2015 and quarter-final and semi-final appearances in the 2015 World Cup and 2017 Champions Trophy.
AB De Villiers said that one of the reasons why he loved playing under the leadership of Mashrafe Mortaza in the BPL is because he is a total team man, someone who always stands up for his side in pressure situations.
“There are a lot of things that we see each other, and we really enjoyed as players, and that is why I really enjoyed playing under him, I had a lot of fun as the captain, and he is calm under pressure. He always got the team in mind instead of individuals,” AB de Villers added.
AB de Villiers, meanwhile, is currently engaged with his practice sessions ahead of the 2020 IPL. The former South African captain will once again be the key to RCB’s fortunes in the upcoming season.