Former Italy worldwide footballer Christian Vieri says he was destined to develop into the ‘greatest batsman on the planet’, had he adopted by means of together with his childhood love of cricket.
Vieri loved a glittering soccer profession, scoring 23 occasions in 49 appearances for the Italian nationwide aspect, together with appearances on the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups, in addition to having profitable spells with a number of Europe’s high sides together with Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan.
Having spent 10 years from the age of 4 to 14 residing in Australia, Vieri developed his love for cricket alongside taking part in soccer, and the 47-year-old nonetheless to at the present time professes his ardour for the sport.
“It’s kind of unusual that I grew up in Australia however once I was there it was regular – going to high school, taking part in soccer, taking part in cricket, taking part in completely different sports activities. I used to be a giant fan of cricket,” Vieri informed Stats Carry out Information.
“Even when we had been 13-14, we might go watch Australia play Check matches, ODI matches in Sydney. I am a really large, large cricket fan.”
Whereas his eventual profession path took him the route of scoring targets somewhat than runs, Vieri says had been he to have made it to the highest of the game, he would have been extra suited to the white ball sport.
“I believe Chris Gayle from West Indies. I am a left-hander,” he stated about his personal type of play. “Once I used to play, I am not a Check match man, I wish to smash the ball exterior the stadium. I believe I’d’ve been good.
“I simply love taking part in,” he added. “I used to be in all probability taking part in extra cricket than soccer in school. what we might do? The tennis ball, we might tape it as much as make it go sooner and swing. I believe I’d’ve been the perfect batsman on the planet if I performed cricket. I used to be an all-rounder. I used to be actually good.”
Even at this time, Vieri spends hours on YouTube watching re-runs of Nineteen Eighties legends comparable to Sir Viv Richards, Joel Garner and Clive Lloyd to the bemusement of his spouse.
“She takes the p*** out of me,” he stated. “I am on YouTube loads watching cricket. My spouse all the time says, ‘what are you watching? What is that this?’
“Three hours a day watching video games from 1984 and 1986, and he or she goes ‘what’s incorrect with you, why aren’t you standard?’ I say to her, ‘hear, I grew up there, these are the times I used to be there following cricket’.”
And despite his superior years, Vieri says he is planning on padding up once more as soon as the state of affairs with coronavirus eases sufficiently.
He stated: “When it will get a bit hotter and we are able to begin to exit a bit simpler, I wish to go coaching with the Italian crew, see how briskly the ball actually comes at you, together with your pads and every part. I believe it might be an excellent expertise.”