Former Australian allrounder Shane Watson, who quit international cricket after the World Twenty20 2016, but continues to feature in various T20 leagues, has praised his Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain AB de Villiers for their ability to adapt and be consistent in all conditions over a long period of time.
Watson told The Unplayable Podcast, “De Villiers and Virat Kohli especially are the ones I love seeing, how they adapt to all different conditions and have done it for a long period of time,”
Speaking further on AB de Villiers who has chosen to stay away from Test cricket to prolong his career, Watson says it will be disappointing not to see AB in whites, “De Villiers has played over 100 Test matches, he’s done incredibly well for South Africa, he’s got a young family now, there are other challenges in his life as well. I’m not exactly sure what he’s going to do but it would be disappointing not to see him play Test cricket.”
“In the end, everyone’s got to move on at some stage and if he does there’s plenty of cricket for him to be able to play for South Africa in the shorter formats. There’s plenty of Twenty20 leagues and the Sydney Thunder are very keen to get him involved if there’s an opportunity there. Anyone would be falling over themselves to get AB de Villiers,” he added.
Watson concluded while praising AB for being a geniune person, he said, “He’s such a very kind, a genuine person off the field and on the field he provides so much with his incredible skills. He’ll be fine whatever happens.”