Love to see AB de Villiers play T20 World Cup: Jonty Rhodes
AB de Villiers was one of the best batsmen during his playing days. His retirement from international cricket came as a shock to many as he said that he wanted to spend more time with his family. It has been two years since he played international cricket and it seems that Cricket South Africa are working really hard to bring the talismanic batsman to carry the team on his shoulders.
South Africa had a bad World Cup tournament last year as they finished seventh in the points table with only three wins, five defeats. During that campaign, AB de Villiers was not able to help the team as he had already retired.
AB de Villiers who announced his retirement in May 2018 later revealed that he made a proposal to play the 50-over World Cup last year, but was turned down by the national selectors.
However, Cricket South Africa wants the star batsman to make his presence count in the upcoming T20 World Cup which is scheduled to be played in Australia from October 18 and will conclude on November 15. Meanwhile, former South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes said that he would love to see AB de Villiers return to play for the national cricket team again.
Jonty Rhodes said that he is a massive big of AB de Villiers. “I’m a big fan of AB de Villiers. I’m just not sure of the precedent. If you want to win a T20 World Cup, you should do anything to win it. I suppose a lot of people watch how he performed at the IPL but just watching him in the Big Bash, he’s such a class player,” Rhodes was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
When asked about Cricket South Africa bringing AB de Villiers out of retirement, Jonty Rhodes had an interesting opinion. “I think it’s interesting because it’s a tough call. You want your best team to play, it’s also tough on the guys who then miss out. You know AB is a very special player so then do you set a precedent for a guy like AB de Villiers if he is not playing for South Africa, I mean why are you selecting him.
You are not breaking any rules, you are setting a slight precedent and you are going to be upsetting a few players who are going to miss out. But a team without AB de Villiers or a team with AB de Villiers… I’d love to see that guy play. It’ll just be great to see AB de Villiers play at a World Cup again for us,” Rhodes said.