De Villiers expresses desire to play for Proteas again
There has been a rumor about returning of AB de Villiers to national team for some times. After that de Villiers cleared that he didn’t have that viral conversation.
But this time again he expressed his desire to return to international cricket. Fans of ‘Mr 360’ now assuming that they will see him in the Proteas green and gold as soon as cricket return.
While talking to SuperSport commentator Mpumelelo Mbangwa on Instagram Live, De Villiers responded to a question posed by one of the thousands of fans. They were asking whether he would play for South Africa again if selected for the T20 World Cup.
Then he reconfirmed that he was in conversation with Proteas head coach Mark Boucher and Cricket South Africa (CSA) director of cricket Graeme Smith about something else. He is understood to be very close to the pair he confirmed as he played for both of them.
“I would absolutely love to play [for the Proteas] but it’s so unsure at the moment, where we’re heading with cricket around the world,”
said De Villiers.
“I’ve spoken to ‘Bouch’ and ‘Smithy’ and all of them and the urge is there. I would desperately want to represent my country again. [But] I can’t commit to that because I don’t know where I’m headed. Am I going to be fit if [the T20 World Cup] happens in 2021? Am I still going to be in form?
“If I do commit to something like that I’d like to think that I’m going to be in the best form of my life, so I can bat and score runs for my country. There’s a lot of factors that I can’t control at the moment, so I’m taking it one day at a time and, touch wood, everything will work out.”
Recently, De Villiers also told Afrikaans weekly newspaper Rapport that he ‘feels available’ but was cautious to commit to coming out of retirement outright.
The former captain retired sensationally from international cricket in 2018 citing a variety of personal reasons. But he made an about turn, moments before last year’s 50-over World Cup squad was announcement.
In 78 T20 internationals, De Villiers averaged 26.12 and ended his career at that point with a top score of 79-not out against Scotland at The Oval in 2009. He also maintained a batting career average of 50 or more in Tests and ODI.
“Playing for my country was never a right; it was the biggest privilege of my life,” he said. “It’s not something that you just get and it’s never belonged to me. I did something that I love and it was always deeper than playing cricket. It was a battle for South Africa.”