South Africa star cricketer AB de Villiers has been doing poor with the bat in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy as he is yet play a two digit score in the tournament. His poor form with the bat caused a shocking lose to Pakistan in their last game.
To keep Proteas hope alive in the tournament, they have to win their next battle against India, on Sunday. Ahead of the important match against the defending champions of the ICC Champions Trophy, South Africa batsman David Miller has backed his captain, AB de Villiers, to come good and deliver in their must-win clash.
“It is tough [when AB doesn’t perform]. He is the best player in the world so it’s nice when he does perform, and that’s 95% of the time. “We’ve done well over the last two-and-a-half years and all the batters that we have can do the job. AB, unfortunately, didn’t come off but he is definitely due on Sunday,” Miller said.
He further added, “I haven’t seen him go out for a nought too many times in his career. He is human at the end of the day and there are enough good batters in the team to contribute as well. I don’t think it’s a huge problem at all.”
In the meantime time South Africa coach Russell Domingo also backed the the 33-year-old, saying he is expecting a big performance from his captain.
“I have no concerns about AB de Villiers. “I’m expecting him to put in a big performance on Sunday. “He’s that type of player that when the team needs him, he’ll turn it up on Sunday. I’m sure about that,” Domingo said.
As both India and South Africa won and lost one of their group matches, the teams will be engaging in a virtual quarter-final, on Sunday.
-Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com