2017 ICC Champions Trophy: AB De Villiers Apologises To Fans For Early Exit, ‘Horrible’ Show Against India
South African skipper AB de Villiers has released a video statement in which he has apologised to his die-hard fans and people back home for the national team’s early exit from the ongoing edition of 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in the England and Wales which kicked off from June 1.
“To all our fans and the public out there that always support us our die-hard fans, truly and genuinely sorry about the way we performed in this tournament [ICC Champions Trophy],” De Villiers stated on his official Facebook account.
The 33-year-old Pretoria-born De Villiers termed the loss against Virat Kohli-led ‘horrible’ while admitting the fact they batted poorly after batting first following a decent start from the openers.
“It’s been 48 hours since that horrible defeat against India and looking back we just had a horrible time with the bat,” De Villiers maintained.
De Villiers, who was gutted after a dismal show against India, in the virtual quarter-final on Sunday (June 11), didn’t have a good outing with the bat, as he registered just 20 runs, spread over three matches.
“We will keep working hard at our game to make it right,” De Villiers asserted.
It’s pertinent to note, the top-ranked side in One-day Internationals was bundled out at the paltry score of 191 in 44.3 overs that was further easily chased down by Indian batsmen by eight wickets with 72 balls to spare.
The wicket-keeper batsman De Villiers revealed it was batting department that led the team down which in return affected the promising bowlers in the line-up.
Earlier, in the Group B fixture, the Proteas lost to Pakistan by 19 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis Method after starting off the tournament with a 96-run win over Sri Lanka.
“We had two low scores against Pakistan and India, we never really gave our bowlers the opportunity to defend those totals, so it’s very disappointing,” De Villiers remarked.
However, De Villiers is confident to give their best against England in the three-match Twenty20 series which will kick start on June 21 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
Moreover, De Villiers stated England has a balanced team and has been quality cricket in the recent past.
“They’ve always have obstacles too to cross, but I think they’ll be favourites to win this tournament,” De Villiers added.
Interestingly, after T20 skipper Faf du Plessis has announced to take a break from cricket for a while, De Villiers will lead the team in his absence.
“We got a week in London… Just training and doing gym work. Trying to get together as a team as much as we can after all the disappointment we had to face over last few days,” De Villiers concluded.
Known for his on-field brilliance, De Villiers has featured in 222 ODIs and he has amassed 9319 runs at an average of 53.55. De Villiers registered 24 hundreds and 53 fifties since making his debut.
Here’s the latest video of celebrated cricketer AB de Villiers:
We are truly and genuinely sorry about the way we performed in this year's Champions Trophy and we will keep working hard at our game to make it right!AB17: http://ab17.fanhero.com/
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