Mark Boucher opens up on AB de Villiers’ future
The former South Africa cricketer AB de Villiers entertained the fans by playing a fearless brand of cricket in the Indian Premier League. Playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore, the former Proteas batsman smashed sixes and fours at will and single-handedly helped his team win games.
AB de Villiers announced his retirement from international cricket on May 23, 2018. Since then, the world-class cricketer has been actively involved in T20 leagues all across the world. Recently, there were reports and speculations that the star batsman is set to come back from retirement.
Boucher talks about AB de Villiers’ future
Former South Africa wicket-keeper batsman Mark Boucher opened up about AB de Villiers’ future while talking to the media reporters. Boucher revealed that AB de Villiers is in line to make a comeback to international cricket if he continues to play the same level of cricket in franchise leagues across the world.
Even though RCB failed to win the title, AB de Villiers showcased his mettle in most of the matches by coming up with sublime knocks. While speaking to the reporters at the press conference, the former South Africa international added that AB de Villiers was in selection talks before coronavirus crisis.
There were also reports stating that AB de Villiers was interested in taking part in the 2019 World Cup. However, his name didn’t appear in the squad. “AB was in discussions before COVID, he is always in discussions when he is playing good cricket, to be honest with you. Going forward I haven’t had a discussion with him at all, he has been playing in the IPL. He had a very good IPL too,” Mark Boucher told as quoted by News 18.
De Villiers has represented South Africa national cricket team in 228 ODIs. He scored 9577 runs at a remarkable average of 53.5. He played 78 T20Is, scoring 1672 runs at an average of 26.12.
He averages above 50 in Test cricket where he scored 8765 runs in 114 matches. It will be quite interesting to see whether or not Mr. 360 will be back in international circuit with T20 World Cup slated in India next year.
Some days ago, Proteas players were geared up for the forthcoming series against England. All of a sudden, Boucher and two other South African players contracted the virus infection. They were isolated from the rest of the unit.
“Sitting alone in a room for six or seven days is very tough, I didn’t even know I had it, I felt a little down for one or two days. I had been throwing down to some players in the nets and felt some aches and pains,” Boucher added.
Proteas will lock horns with England in 3 T20Is and as many ODIs starting from November 27.