De Villiers took to Instagram to share his reaction before and after meeting Sachin, who he says is someone he “looks up to”.
“Bottled with excitement as I wait to meet @sachiintendulkar. He has always been someone I look up to. The way he carried himself on and off the field during his playing days was nothing short of amazing! Since his retirement nothing has doesn’t change and he continues to inspire millions around the world, including me,” de Villiers said in his Instagram post.
To this Tendulkar responded on Instagram, “Back to you @abdevilliers17 The feeling is mutual my friend. Sitting in the adjoining room…all set…waiting for the umpires to step on the field. See you soon!”
After his meeting, de Villiers shared his experience with his fans and said that while interacting with Tendulkar, he “ended up just listening and taking it all in.”
“So I spent a few hours with this man today. Thought I was going to interview him but ended up just listening and taking it all in. What an experience. Thanks for your time “Master Blaster” @sachiintendulkar “,” said de Villiers in his post.
Although it is not yet clear what the reason for the meeting was and what will come of it, the sight of these two cricketing greats made fans happy, who took to social media to react to De Villiers’ post.
“Two goats in a single frame! This batting duo would be illegal in cricket!,” said a fan.
“Two legends,” said another fan.
“Missing you both legend,” another fan added with a comment.
“Two legends in one frame,” read another comment by a fan.
It is noteworthy that de Villiers was recently in Bengaluru. His appearance sparked speculations about his return to RCB in some capacity.
“I’m here to talk to RCB guys for next year’s IPL,” de Villiers said in a video posted by the franchise on November 3.
de Villiers is also an RCB Hall of Famer. He represented the team in 157 games from 2011-2021. He scored 4,522 runs at an average of 41.10. He scored two hundreds and 37 fifties for the team at a strike rate of over 158.
Sachin is also the ‘icon’ of five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians.
Both players also have an international cricket resume to be proud of.
In 664 international matches he played, Tendulkar scored 34,357 runs at an average of 48.52. 100 hundreds and 164 half-centuries came from his bat, with the best individual score of 248*.
de Villiers also played 420 international matches, in which he scored 20,014 runs at an average of 48.11. 47 hundreds and 109 hundreds were scored by the batsman with the best individual score of 278*.