IPL 2019: It Would Have Been Nice to Play the 2019 World Cup – AB de Villiers
South Africa veteran AB de Villiers has somewhat expressed his interest by saying it would have been pleasing to feature in the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup. However, he isn’t regretting about his decision which has left his fans flabbergasted, last year. He is currently representing Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the ongoing IPL 2019 edition.
With RCB In 10 matches so far, de Villiers went on to garner 414 runs. The right-handed batsman amassed runs at an incredible average of 59.14. In this season, de Villiers has scored at the strike-rate of 158.01.
Ab de Villiers is not regretting over his retirement decision:
The widely-recognised cricketer de Villiers has expressed satisfaction with whatever way he had represented his side.
“I look back at my decision (to retire) last year with 100 per cent satisfaction. It would have been nice to play the World Cup again I am very happy where I am at the moment. There is no regret,” de Villiers told Sportstar.
The 35-year-old modern-day star, de Villiers also found it difficult to name favourites for the quadrennial event slated to commence from May 30 in London.
The multi-national tourney will culminate with the grand finale at the iconic Lord’s stadium on July 14.
Known for thrashing the bowlers at any of the venues with whatever the circumstances, de Villiers believes teams are capable of giving a tough time to each other in the UK.
“It is pretty unique, you’ve got to be gutsy to do that, sort of put your body on the line. But that’s how I have always played the game, so I enjoy that,” de Villiers revealed.
However, he maintained it’s a wide-open competition with the Proteas having a potent bowling department. He reiterated that he’s looking forward to watch exciting games during a one-and-half-month long tournament.
“It is very difficult to pick a favourite, I think there are a lot of teams capable and that makes it a very open tournament. India have won the Champions Trophy in England, Pakistan won the last one there, Australia have won a lot of World Cups, England are their own team, New Zealand always do well at World Cups, South Africa have a very good bowling attack — that’s six teams already that I feel can win! I am simply looking forward to watching some amazing games through the tournament,” de Villiers stated.W
De Villiers Aka ‘ 360-degree’ man hinted he wasn’t after any sort of fame. Adding he has played his game given to the critical situations. The technically sound batsman added the wide array of shots appear to be the part of the method during a game which pushed a case for his famous nickname.
“To be honest, I didn’t try to get that name when I started playing cricket. What I think is there is a method in the madness and you have got to adapt to different situations, both in life and cricket. All the different shots I play are all about survival in the game. I think that’s where the 360-degree thing comes from,” de Villiers added.
The 35-year-old stalwart has represented the Proteas in 228 ODIs, 114 Tests and 78 T20 Internationals between 2004 and 2018.
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