AB de Villiers shocked the entire cricket fraternity when he announced his decision to retire from international cricket in 2018 and did not feature in South Africa’s 2019 World Cup squad. But his incredible knock playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020 against Kolkata Knight Riders reminded the world what he is made of by taking apart the lacklustre KKR bowlers to the cleaners by scoring a whirlwind unbeaten 73 from only 33 balls.
He hit as many as five fours and six sixes on route to his third half-century in seven matches this season and enabled RCB to win by a mammoth margin of 82 runs. Kolkata could only score 112/9 in reply to RCB’s 194/2 which saw both Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers unbeaten and post a record 10th 100 run partnership.
Ravi Shastri: Cricket Needs AB de Villiers Still
Indian coach Ravi Shastri mentioned that time has arrived when AB de Villiers ends his retirement and comes out again in South African colours. He believes that the game needs him and will boost international cricket in these testing times owing to Covid 19 pandemic.
AB de Villiers called time on his glorious international career in 2018 which meant that regular skipper Faf Du Plessis couldn’t include him in 2019 World Cup squad. Match winner AB de Villiers’ absence was felt as South Africa finished 7th and bowed out of 2019 World Cup after Afghanistan. South Africa won three and lost five and collected only seven points with 1 no-result, finished ahead of only Bangladesh, West Indies and Afghanistan.
AB de Villiers Wanted To Come Out Of Retirement Before 2019 World Cup
A huge controversy erupted in the middle of last year’s World Cup when South Africa’s team management, along with then captain Faf du Plessis and head coach Ottis Gibson turned down AB de Villiers effort to come out of retirement since they felt that it would be unfair on cricketers who had worked hard to make it to the squad.
AB De Villiers is 36 years old and has featured in 114 Tests and 228 ODIs where he averages over 50 in both formats. He has scored 22 Test and 25 ODI hundreds. He has scored above 8500 runs in both the formats. In 78 T20Is though he averages 26.12 and is yet to score a century. He last played T20I in 2017, Test and ODI in 2018