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He is next AB, please IPL teams pick him: A Twitter user’s 4-year-old tweet on Ayush Badoni goes viral

Now after four years, with Badoni making headlines and being termed as 'Baby AB', the user claimed that he had already foreseen this.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 1 April 2022 9:03 pm

Aayush Badoni is some real talent, and the all-rounder has shown it already in only two appearances for Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2022. While he scored a well-calculated half-century in his debut game, he took the CSK bowlers to the cleaners in the second game of the season. But Badoni was unlucky for a few seasons as he went unsold at the auctions multiple times.

Reflecting on the same, a Twitter user has pointed out a tweet he made in 2018 about Ayush Badoni and called him the next AB (de Villiers). Replying to the Indian Premier League official Twitter handle about news related to Badoni going unsold at the auction, the user had written “He is next AB..Plz IPL teams pick him… you missed real talent.. watch his game”.

Now after four years, with Badoni making headlines and being termed as ‘Baby AB’, the user claimed that he had already foreseen this.

Why Baby AB?

Well, the user may be spot on with his observation four years ago, it took some time for IPL Scouters to identify the talent in Ayush Badoni. The cricketer is being termed as ‘Baby AB’ for two major reasons- the first one being his ability to play 360 degrees just like the South African giant AB de Villiers used to do and the second reason that he idolizes AB de Villiers.

After his heroics in the first game for LSG, the team’s captain KL Rahul called Badoni their ‘Baby AB’. And also, in an interaction with the Times of India, the 22-year-old cricketer revealed why his captain is calling him that. Ayush revealed that Rahul observed him playing in the nets and ask him who his idol was and when Ayush revealed that he idolizes de Villiers, Rahul kept on calling him the baby version of his idol from thereon.

“I was practicing in the nets and I played a sweep to send the ball over the line. KL Rahul came to me and clapped and said -‘wow, superb stuff’. Then he asked me – ‘who do you admire’. I said AB de Villiers. He said you just played like him. Since then, KL started calling me AB. Whenever he meets me, in the dressing room, on the field, during practice sessions, he calls me AB,” said Badoni to TOI.


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