Faf reveals AB’s phone call before World Cup
AB de Villiers’ unexpected international retirement came as a deep shock to many and what came as another shock was when he reversed his decision to play for his national team again.
His last-minute offer to make a rebound to the international set-up for the premium World Cup tournament turned out to be late and which is why Cricket South Africa politely turned down his proposal.
Meanwhile, Proteas’ skipper Faf du Plessis who is a good buddy of AB de Villiers opened up the phone call talks of him just before the team for World Cup was announced.
Faf du Plessis said that he received a call from AB de Villiers, requesting his international comeback during the IPL 2019 but by then the selectors had already made up their mind and finalised the full squad for the World Cup 2019.
“It was just a conversation, a phone call the night before the team got announced,” du Plessis was quoted as saying by cricketworldcup.com. “It was just a ‘this is what I’m feeling’ (phone call).
“I said to him, ‘I think it is too late but I will check in with the coach and the selectors the next morning.’ When I spoke to the coach and the selectors, they all agreed that it was way, way too late to change the team on 99.99,” he added.
South Africa failed to make their presence count on the field as they have lost three matches in a row in the absence of AB de Villiers in the World Cup 2019 before getting their first ever point from an abandoned match against the Jason Holder’s side.
De Villiers called curtains on his international career in May 2018 but further continued to play for different franchises in the Twenty20 (T20) leagues all around the world.
Even after his retirement, he deftly spiced up the game for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL 2019. He scored 440 runs at an average of 44.20. He also brought up five half-centuries in his team’s poor run during the 12th edition.