Learned to sweep by watching Younus Khan: AB de Villiers

South African batsman says Pakistani veteran's technique is the best

Sports Desk March 30, 2016

AB de Villiers is undoubtedly the most entertaining cricketer on planet earth at the moment and his magical willow-wielding skills are second to none when it comes to playing unorthodox shots.

In a recent tutorial video with Nasser Hussain, however, where he was simulating his technique to play the sweep shot, the South African batsman revealed that he learned the art by watching right-hand Pakistani veteran batsman Younus Khan.

Younus Khan ready to make any sacrifice for Pakistan cricket

While revealing the tricks of the for a sweep shot, he said: "I just make sure I get as low as possible. I don't like the ball to beat me under the bottom of my bat while I am sweeping. So, I always try and sweep it like a broom; I learnt that from Younus Khan, the Pakistani batsman."

He further said: "I mean he gets his bat very very low. He doesn't mind getting out to a top-edge but he doesn't want to get LBW or bowled."

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Younus is considered to be one of Pakistan's best players against spin and one of his most potent weapon against spinners has been the sweep shot.


He currently holds the record for most runs in Tests for Pakistan. He also has the record of most centuries in Tests for Pakistan as well, while he is the only Pakistani to score Test hundreds against all nine Test playing nations.



Abdullah | 5 years ago | Reply Younus, a true legend! Yes, his sweep shot is unique, never saw before.
Ammar Khan | 5 years ago | Reply Sad that people learn from our cricketing heroes yet we treat them with so much disrespect; our moral compass is pointing way South
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