South African batting ace AB de Villiers had mistaken Jos Buttler as a New Zealander when the 2 first had a dialog in the course of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the England wicketkeeper batsman has mentioned.
“De Villiers has been my idol growing up. The guy I love watching, he is just awesome,” Buttler, who performs for Rajasthan Royals within the IPL, mentioned throughout The Royals Podcast Episode 3, the complete present of which will likely be aired on their official social media handles on Tuesday.
“Got to know him a little bit during the IPL actually when I was at Mumbai (Indians). Just at the start of the game, he said I will catch up with you for a beer at the hotel after the game,” mentioned Buttler, a World Cup winner in 2019 with England and likewise thought to be one of essentially the most harmful batters of the sport as we speak.
“I was like so excited. I was like so cool attending to drink a beer with AB de Villiers. I received again to the resort instructed my fiance at the moment (now spouse) we’re going to go straight to the bar.
“AB de Villiers will likely be there for a drink, that is going to be superior.
“We in all probability chatted for 20 minutes, having a good time I am loving it and he has received fairly sturdy Afrikaans accent. About 20 minutes into the dialog, he asks ‘which part of New Zealand are you from?’ and that simply completely killed me,” mentioned the 29-year previous, laughing. Buttler was born in Taunton, Somerset and has up to now performed 41 Tests, 142 ODIs and 69 T20Is for England.
Prior to this, Royals spin bowling advisor and New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, who is mostly the host of the present, spoke to Australian batting ace Steve Smith and Shreyas Gopal.