The South African cricket team has been going through a transition period for quite some time as some key individuals have decided to retire in recent times. Imran Tahir, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy are some of the players who have retired from international cricket. But, the early retirement of the South African batsman AB de Villiers has the biggest impact on the Proteas.
Recently, while playing in the Big Bash League 2019-20, De Villiers had said that there have been talks of his comeback to international cricket. The comeback would see him primarily focusing on winning the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 for the South African side.
Since Mark Boucher has been appointed as the head coach, his aim has been to take the side in the right direction. Boucher has openly expressed his desire to have ABD back in the squad. Former skipper Faf du Plessis, also expressed his interest to have the retired star back for the ICC T20 World Cup.
Speculations were that AB will play some international cricket before the start of the IPL but that didn’t happen. With India’s biggest money-spinner being postponed till April 15, RCB player opened up on the possibility of an international comeback.
During a chat with Sportstar, De Villiers, “Let’s wait and see what happens. My focus is on the Indian Premier League at the moment and helping Royal Challengers Bangalore realize our full potential. Then we will sit down and have a look at the rest of the year and see what is possible.”
For now, it seems AB is not in the mood of making any quick decision. He did try to get into the South African squad before the World Cup 2019, but, the team management didn’t let him. In the end, the World Cup turned out to be disastrous for the Proteas.
Talking about his decision of retiring, De Villiers said, “Each player must consider his own circumstances and make his own decision. I reached a point where I wanted to see more of my wife and two young sons and seek a reasonable balance between family and cricket. The mental and physical demands on the leading players are massive these days, but each player must decide what he can and can’t do.”