Over the course of the last couple of years, AB De Villiers was undoubtedly the most active South African cricketer. The Proteas ODI captain was on a swansong as he broke record after record in ODI’s with sheer ease and grace. From the test front as well, De Villiers was absolutely phenomenal and has been his side’s best batsman in the last few years.
However, due to being involved in so many activities together along with the IPL, his fitness was bound to take a toll. Recently, when De Villiers turned up for the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) his fatigue caught up with him and he was surrounded by injuries. Ahead of the all-important home series against South Africa, De Villiers was injured and will no longer take part in the same. He was also recently named the test captain and this will be a big blow for the Proteas.
De Villiers in his recent interaction admitted that he would target a return against Australia later this year. “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,” De Villiers said.
Opening up about his woes, he added, “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.”
Backing his side to do well in the upcoming series, De Villiers said, “Our players have played enough cricket over the last while. The important thing was to really connect as a group of players at the camp we had, to really talk about some important things. You don’t want to over-train if you can’t get game time,” he added. “We’ve been playing cricket, white ball for some, red ball for others. The boys will be nice and positive.”
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