“It was a tough few days after the Champions Trophy, to go through that phase of reflecting and to hear some of the criticism. It’s never easy but I have always been the kind of guy to see the positive in that and see opportunity to improve. These three matches give me that opportunity as a player and as a captain for the team,” de Villiers said.
The stand-in T20I skipper will lead an inexperienced side. He doesn’t feel the necessity for proving anyone wrong. He wants to score runs and lead his side to good victories.
“I don’t feel like I need to prove anyone wrong or prove something to someone. I just want to go play. I feel like a youngster starting my career again. I am really full of energy and love playing. I just want to score some runs again and captain the team to a few good wins,” he added.
de Villiers has been out of form in recent times. His team got hammered badly in the Champions Trophy. He still believes that the team can achieve amazing things.
“I am past that stage of really harping on it for a very long time. The difficult part is the criticism all around, just hearing the negative stuff all the time but I am past nagging about losing games of cricket because that happens. It’s happened quite a few times. I am not going to look into that too much. I am ready to move on. I know I am still a good player, I know the team can still achieve amazing things and it’s important for me not to think about what happened in the past. I am not going to spend too much energy thinking about the last 10 or 12 tournaments I have played in,” he said/
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com