South African limited-overs captain Quinton de Kock has confirmed that the former Proteas captain AB de Villiers was in line to return to the national team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, which has been postponed recently.
Australia would host the seventh edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup between 18th October and 15th November 2020. However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has postponed this tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Long before the pandemic begins, the South African cricket team was talking with the former cricketer AB de Villiers and some other senior players to return to the national side. De Villiers, who suddenly retired from the international cricket in May 2018, was also very keen to return to the national side, especially after participating in the IPL 2020 which was originally scheduled between 29th March and 24th May 2020. While coronavirus pandemic has forced to stop many cricket events, IPL 2020 was one of the tournaments which were fully affected.
I would have loved to have AB de Villiers: Quinton de Kock
As the cricket is off since last March, there is no chance for De Villiers to return to the national side yet. Now, the Proteas white-ball captain Quinton de Kock has confirmed that the former South African captain was in line to return to the national side. While the Men’s T20 World Cup has now been shifted to the October-November 2021, De Kock doesn’t know De Villiers’ present status on his return to the international cricket.
De Kock recently told Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected, “He was definitely in line. If fit, I would have loved to have AB de Villiers. I think any team would have loved to have AB de Villiers in their team. While we were pushing for him, now we will have to see when the T20 World Cup is going to happen now.”
Before retiring from the international cricket, De Villiers was a superstar of his nation. While he played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is, the right-handed batsman scored 8765 runs (average 50.66), 9577 runs (average 53.50) and 1672 runs (average 26.12) respectively.
Even after his international retirement, De Villiers is busy in various global T20 leagues. In fact, he was the leading T20 run-scorer in 2019 among the male cricketers.