Last year the workload debate was at its peak in the South African camp due to Overutilization of African players. Finally, the players have decided to reduce the workload as seems from the latest comments from the South African batsman AB De Villiers who has decided to rest himself from the home Test series against New Zealand commencing on Friday,
“I have five to six niggles at the moment, including the shoulder that everybody knows about which started about eight months ago. I have been hanging in there. I did fool myself a bit in thinking that I could just keep going and keep going and it has sort of caught up with me a bit,
“It’s a big shame that I am losing out a few Test matches. Unfortunately, it’s happened that way. It caught me like a thief in the night. This was not part of the plan.” de Villiers said at the launch of the series in Durban.
At the start of the year, there were rumours that he might call it a day and also might skip IPL because of workload but he continued to play the game bearing the workload.
“I love playing for my country and I would love to play as long as I can. You’ve got to look after your body sometimes and that’s happening with the six weeks now. Hopefully, after this New Zealand series, I will be ready to go and will tackle the Aussies in October. There’s a game against Ireland in seven weeks’ time. That’s a good time to test where I am physical,
“One of the key things about the camp is that we didn’t just want the team there, we wanted everyone who could possibly represent the Proteas over the next year or two or three,
“We all just chatted about what we feel has gone wrong over the last while, if there are any issues whatsoever because of the dip in form and where we think we are going as a team. We were really honest with each other, which is a great thing. It was for us to revisit our core values and what we want to achieve over the next while. I don’t think you can achieve big things if you don’t know where you are going.”
“The one thing we did discuss is to throw the first punch. We have always been proud of how we can come back from any position but I feel it’s time to take a step towards positivity and not be scared to throw the first punch and dominate games of cricket,” adds De Villiers.
Surely, now the players have realised the importance of health in the game and we are sure that these players might not over utilise themselves in the future so as to contribute to the team in the long run.