“It keeps me energetic”- de Villiers’ on his retirement from international cricket
Just after the Man-of-the-Match performance against Kings XI Punjab to seal the first win for Royal Challengers Bangalore in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), AB de Villiers’ revealed that he waited for that win for a long time and retirement from international cricket kept him much fluent and sharp in batting.
“We’ve waited a long time for this one this season. It’s a small step in the right direction but a step nonetheless. I’ve got too much respect for the game to get upset about that,” he said in the post-match presentation.
De Villiers’ has been fighting with his form recently as has failed to get past 20 in four games. So asking about his form, he said: “I know you’re always just one knock away from being in that confident zone. That’s exactly the reason I have decided not to play international cricket, because I want to be sharp for other tournaments. I can’t keep playing 10-11 months a year and keep being sharp after 15 years of international cricket. This kind of tournament, I’m playing every now and then, every 2-3 months.”
“It truly keeps me energetic. I get the opportunity to work with university folks back home. With a portion of the nearby folks and local youths, which truly gives me the vitality and truly rouses me to be better for some of the youngsters back home and be an example for them I get the chance to work with some of the local youths, which gives me incredible inspiration,” he included.
Former South-African captain, de Villiers made an unbeaten 59 runs off 38 balls yesterday to get the win for his franchise RCB first time in this season. He has already made three fifties in this year’s edition of the IPL.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will face Mumbai Indians in their next match at Wankhede on April 15.