While the South African national cricket team is currently struggling and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 is around ten months away to begin, every South African cricket fan is waiting to see whether AB de Villiers returns to the national side or not. Recently, the former Proteas captain has clarified on this matter.
Since AB de Villiers announced his international retirement in May 2018, the South African team is struggling at international level. During the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, there was huge talk about AB de Villiers’ wish to return to the national side for that global tournament, but the board didn’t accept that.
However, the South African team management is still struggling to set up a balanced squad. While the Cricket South Africa (CSA) has been reformed recently and the big names have joined in the support staff, they have wished to see AB de Villiers’ return to the T20I side.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 will be played in Australia between 18th October and 15th November 2020. The Proteas team management is focusing on this big tournament, and they want AB de Villiers to guide the team with his experience. Apart from the captain Faf du Plessis, the new head coach Mark Boucher and new director of cricket Graeme Smith have also shown big interest on AB de Villiers’ return to the national side.
It’s a long way away still, and plenty can happen – AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers also wants to return to the Proteas side. While he recently had positive talks with Faf du Plessis, Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher, he still feels it’s a long away to happen. The former Proteas captain is eyeing to perform well in the forthcoming IPL season where he will continue his service for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
On his Big Bash League debut, AB de Villiers said according to cricket.com.au, “There’s a lot that needs to happen before that becomes reality. I would love to. I’ve been talking to ‘Bouch’, Graeme Smith and Faf (du Plessis) back home, we’re all keen to make it happen.
“It’s a long way away still, and plenty can happen – there’s the IPL coming up, I’ve still got to be in form at that time. So I’m thinking of throwing my name in the hat and hoping that everything will work out.”
AB de Villiers has further added that there is no guarantee for his return as he doesn’t want to disappoint anyone. But he is positive on his way.
He added, “It’s not a guarantee, once again. I don’t want to disappoint myself or other people, so for now I’m just going to try and keep a low profile, try and play the best possible cricket that I can and then see what happens towards the end of the year.”
In his BBL debut on Tuesday (14th January), AB de Villiers put impressive effort for his Brisbane Heat who beat Adelaide Strikers by seven wickets. Apart from taking two good catches, he scored the match-winning 40 runs off 32 balls. Chasing down the 111 runs target, his team was once struggling on 11/2, but he provided a crucial 77-run partnership for the third wicket with Matt Renshaw and guided the team to the comfortable victory.
Also, AB de Villiers finished the last year as the most T20 run-scorer of 2019 among the male cricketers. In that year, the right-handed batsman scored 1,580 runs in 43 T20s (average 52.67), including one century and 14 half-centuries.