Tahir: Sonny Bill is an unbelievable guy
Cape Town - The sporting connections of All Blacks superstar Sonny Bill Williams stretch across a variety of codes, including cricket it appears.
the country to face the Black Caps across all three formats, a trio of Proteas cricketers caught up with the star midfielder ahead of the lone T20I at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday (08:00 SA time).
According to the Stuff website, Williams
posted a photo on social media with batsman Hashim
Amla, seamer Wayne Parnell and leg-spinner Imran Tahir, captioning the
picture "always good catching up with the brothers when in town".
Asked about the picture on Thursday, Tahir indicated the feeling was certainly mutual.
"Every time we are here Sonny always comes to see us," the world's No 1-ranked ODI and T20 bowler said.
"He is a very kind man and I have lot of respect for him, it was lovely to see him again. I wish I could have muscles like him.
"I'm really pleased and happy with what he has achieved in his life. He's just an unbelievable guy ... a wonderful human being."
All four sportsmen practice the Muslim religion and Tahir said he met Williams two years ago through his friendship with Amla.
Tahir added his admiration for Williams, who has played 33 Tests for
the All Blacks as well as Sevens and rugby league for his country, and
been involved in a number of professional boxing bouts, had been
sparked by the first time the pair crossed paths.
"(For) the amount of respect he has and what a big name he is in the world he is very down to earth man.
I first met him first I was shaking because he was walking with us in
an Auckland street and you could see people's reaction, I was blown away
"He stopped for everyone and took pictures and
everything. I've never seen someone that famous but he is a great guy,
great human being and good friend."
Following Friday's match, the Proteas will face New Zealand in five one-day internationals and three Tests.
still recovering from an Achilles injury which he sustained at last year's Rio Olympics.
he's passed fit, he will play for the Blues in this year's Super Rugby
tournament and is expected to feature in mid-year when the All Blacks
welcome the British & Irish Lions to New Zealand.