Shoaib Akhtar and AB de Villiers had an amusing Twitter exchange. Shane Watson’s reaction to a video of a nasty bouncer from the Pakistan pacer started it all.
Shoaib Akhtar is one of the game’s fastest bowlers, and batsmen continue to have nightmares about facing the Pakistan speedster. A charged-up Akhtar charging toward the bowl is a sight that every cricket fan will recall, and for many, it is also a favourite cricketing memory. On Thursday, Akhtar and AB de Villiers exchanged amusing tweets recalling their playing days and how Akhtar gave the Proteas batsman “nightmares.”
On Wednesday, cricket.com.au’s official Twitter account published footage of Akhtar bowling a vicious bouncer to a then-21-year-old Shane Watson.
“What a way to celebrate my twenty-first birthday!!
@shoaib100mph was incredible and lightning fast “Watson sent out a tweet.
De Villiers responded to this tweet: “Oh, my God! I continue to have nightmares.”
Akhtar continued by stating that de Villiers has also caused numerous sleepless nights for bowlers worldwide.
“Come on, AB, you’ve deprived numerous bowlers of sleep. It’s always a pleasure to work with you.”
The former South Africa captain then discussed how Akhtar came dangerously close to breaking his leg at Centurion’s SuperSport Park.
“Haha. Those were the good old days! In my early twenties, you came dangerously close to breaking my leg at Supersport Park after I opted to pull u for six. As soon as it made contact with my bat, I realised I’d made a grave error “de Villiers tweeted.
Akhtar then released a clip from an old Pakistan-South Africa match in which de Villiers attempted to pull the bowler but the ball ended up castingling his stumps.
Akhtar represented Pakistan in 46 Tests, 163 One-Day Internationals, and 15 Twenty20 Internationals. He took 444 wickets in all three versions of the game.
On the other hand, AB de Villiers retired from international cricket after reaching 20,014 runs.
“However, not every pull resulted in a 6. Hahahahaha “Akhtar tweeted.