Regarded as one of the best fast bowlers of his generation, former South African speedster Dale Steyn named AB De Villiers as his favourite cricketer. Referring to De Villiers as his ”good friend”, he said that the 36-year-old South African was an ”incredible batter”.

“AB de Villiers is probably my favourite cricketer, he is an incredible batter and a good friend,” said Steyn to Cricinfo.

The cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), if it happens at all, the two South Africans will reunite for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that has affected most sporting events across the globe, Steyn said, he would like to be quarantined with wicket-keeper Quinton De Kock if the scenario arises.

Giving the reasons behind his choice, Steyn said de Kock is a ‘proper cook’ and staying with him would allow him to watch all the fishing videos the left-hander watches.

Steyn, who was recently a part of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United returned home after the tournament was put on hold, said: “It is actually such a pity that everything is being blocked off, because in a country like South Africa, where we have all of our problems from the past – culture, religion, ethnic backgrounds – the one thing that brings everybody together is sport.”

The coronavirus outbreak has been declared as a ”pandemic” by the World Health Organisation (WHO).