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IPL 2024: Ambati Rayudu identifies next AB de Villiers in international cricket

Ambati Rayudu feels the 23-year-old can become as good as AB de Villiers.

AB de Villiers is one of a kind and what really sets him apart from other cricketers is the way he goes about his business. He is known for his potential to play shots all around the park with such ease. This is why he is referred to as “Mr 360”.

While AB de Villiers was a class of his own, other cricketers like Dewald Brevis and Suryakumar Yadav reminded us of his style of batting. Meanwhile, Ambati Rayudu has named the next AB de Villiers in international cricket.

“Tristan Stubbs is an all-round package. He has bowled a beautiful over and the way he has been striking the ball this season – he hits every length, right from the short ball to a fuller ball. He is also very good against slower ones. I feel he has tremendous talent,” Rayudu said.

The former CSK cricketer reckons that Tristan Stubbs has all the tools and ingredients to become the next AB de Villiers. He reserved the highest respect for Stubbs for his impressive striking abilities, irrespective of the length.

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Ambati Rayudu makes a bold prediction on Tristan Stubbs

While echoing his thoughts on Star Sports, the former Indian cricketer stated that Stubbs can become as good as AB de Villiers.

“He is one of those South Africans in the mould of AB de Villiers. I think he has long way to get there. But, he looks really good to become as good as AB de Villiers,” he said.

Mumbai Indians released Tristan Stubbs ahead of the IPL 2024 auction. Delhi Capitals purchased the 23-year-old South African international for his base price of INR 50 lakh. It turned out to be a terrific signing. Having played 13 games so far, he scored 378 runs at an average of 54 and a strike rate of 190.91.


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