'I could have been the World's Best Batsman' says Italian Football legendary Christian Vieri

Christian Vieri: 'When it gets a bit warmer and we can start to go out a bit easier, I would like to go training with the Italian team, see how fast the ball really comes at you, with your pads and everything. I think it would be a good experience.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Feb 11, 2021 11:03 IST
'I could have been the World's Best Batsman' says Italian Football legendary Christian Vieri
Christian Vieri reveals his thoughts about cricket. (Getty images)

Christian Vieri: The former Italian legendary footballer Christian Vieri says he was intended to become the 'world's best batsman' as he followed through with his childhood love of cricket. Former Italy, Inter Milan, and Juventus striker enjoyed a glittering football career, scoring 23 goals in 49 appearances for Italy, including the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups, as well as having successful spells with a host of Europe's top soccer clubs like Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan.

The 47-year-old footballer has spent more than 10 years from his childhood living in Australia, Christian Vieri developed his love and passion for cricket alongside playing football.

Even today, he spends hours on YouTube videos of 1980s legends such as Sir Viv Richards, Joel Garner, and Clive Lloyd to the stupefaction along with his wife. Vieri said "When it gets a bit warmer and we can start to go out a bit easier, I would like to go training with the Italian team, see how fast the ball really comes at you, with your pads and everything. I think it would be a good experience."

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"Even if we were 13-14, we would go watch Australia play Test matches, ODI matches in Sydney. I'm a very big, big cricket fan. I think Chris Gayle from West Indies. I'm a left-hander," he said about his own style of play. "When I used to play, I'm not a Test match guy, I want to smash the ball outside the stadium. I think I would've been good,'' he added.

"It's a bit strange that I grew up in Australia but when I was there it was normal – going to school, playing soccer, playing cricket, playing different sports. I was a big fan of cricket," Vieri told.

"I just love playing," said Vieri. "I was probably playing more cricket than soccer at school. You know what we would do? The tennis ball, we would tape it up to make it go faster and swing. I think I would've been the best batsman in the world if I played cricket. I was an all-rounder. I was really good,'' he added