AB de Villiers opens up about his depression after 2015 World Cup loss
During the cricbuzz in conversation show, former South Africa captain AB de Villiers opened up about his feelings after the heartbreaking loss in the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup against New Zealand.
South Africa and World Cups, the relationship between them have always been an unfortunate one and the Proteas came so close to winning the World Cup a couple of times, yet so far in the end. It was only a month ago when South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis revealed what the entire team felt after the 2015 World Cup loss during a conversation with Tamim Iqbal on his show.
The former South Africa captain AB de Villiers, who led the team in that World Cup had similar answers when asked about the semi-final loss. The 34-year old opened up about his feelings during the conversation and revealed that he felt alone. He also expressed his regret for not opening up to anyone and fighting the battle alone for 12 months.
“The next 12 months (after WC SF) was really tough for me. Maybe I should’ve been more honest about it when I look back and communicated about it. I felt like I was a little bit alone at the time but it’s silly to say that you’re alone if you don’t seek help, if you don’t talk about it.”
“So If I could have it over again, I would probably open up discussions with the coach, administrators and discuss my way forward. I should’ve shared my emotions with them and things that bothered me. I didn’t. So that really wore me down a touch but I kept playing, I tried to bite the bullet, I tried to be there. I was batting really well. I still had incredible friendships and memories,” he said.
A steller 14-year old career came to an end after De Villiers announced his shock retirement after South Africa’s Test series win over Australia in 2018. With so many individual awards in the bag, the dynamic batsman had to pull off his boots without any major title under his belt.