Following a hattrick of half-centuries within the bilateral house sequence towards Australia, the Mumbaikar persevered his red-hot shape Down Under as he slammed a 35-ball 53 in India’s 13-run win over Western Australia in a convention fit right here on Monday.
“He is a wonderful 360-degree player, and reminds me of AB de Villiers. He could be India’s version of AB de Villiers and with the red-hot form that he’s in right now, he’s a player to definitely watch out for this World Cup,” Steyn stated on Star Sports display ‘Cricket Live’.
Steyn went on to provide an explanation for how the Australian prerequisites can be simply easiest for the Indian No. 4 to hit top-gear.
The Rohit Sharma-led facet will face Australia on October 17 on the Gabba within the reputable warm-up recreation earlier than taking up Pakistan of their match opener on October 23.
“He’s the kind of player that likes to use the pace of the ball. He likes to get in behind the square. In places like Perth, Melbourne, all of these grounds, there is a little bit of extra pace on it.
“So, you’ll be able to use the tempo, you’ll be able to hit on tremendous leg, at the back of and all alongside the carpet. And he is additionally in point of fact excellent when status nonetheless and getting off the again foot.
“He has played some amazing back foot cover drives and some beautiful cover drives off the front foot too. So, he’s an all-round player, and it’s in Australia, where the wickets are so good, they are batter friendly.
“You too can escape when a bowler tries to bowl complete, you’ll be able to position the ball left and you’ll be able to use the tempo of the ball in point of fact smartly, given some room,” he added.
While India’s first-choice white ball players are in Australia, Team India under Shikhar Dhawan outclassed South Africa 2-1 in the one-day series that concluded in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Shreyas Iyer, who was named vice-captain in the series, continued his dream run in the ODIs as he amassed 191 runs from three innings to top the charts.
Heaping praise on Iyer, Steyn said: “There’s simply little issues you’ll be able to do to reinforce your recreation, however the best way he is batting these days, I do not believe he has to switch a lot.
“He looks in phenomenal form. He’s seeing the ball like it’s a beach ball and for him in India, that’s continued a long way,” Steyn added.