“You can’t come and say I want to make a comeback now”- vd Dussen on de Villiers
Ab de Villiers saga continues as South Africa middle-order batsman Rassie van der Dussen expresses that Villiers’ reversed decision to play again for his national team just a day before South Africa’s selectors were to finalise the 15-man squad for the World Cup was completely a wrong approach. And if selectors picked him up for the squad, it would be a “difficult precedent” for all Van Dussen stated.
“It’s not really the best question to ask to me since I am associated with it however had he not retired it certainly would have affected me legitimately,” he said.
“In any case, you can’t, on the day preceding the declaration and a group that has been working for something for year and considerably longer than a year, come and state, ‘I want to make a comeback now’. I am not saying he wasn’t right or he was correct; so don’t misrepresent me. Yet, it would have set a difficult precedent – not really a wrong one, since it’s still AB, he is as yet a standout amongst the best players in the world – I simply think it was dealt with perhaps not in the right way from his side.”
He also said that it was not a surprise call for Ab de Villiers as every player wants to show his class on the biggest stage under pressure. “I wasn’t astonished that he wanted to come back],” van der Dussen said. “The media and the press reports a considerable amount on AB and the things he’s said and how his last year has gone. I wasn’t shocked that he would want to make a return on the world’s greatest stage. That is the thing all the greatest players in game share for all intents and purpose. They want to perform when the pressure is on and when the stage is at its greatest.”
Van Dussen has been in great form since his debut and also the most convincing batsman for South Africa in this World Cup. Dussen picked up five fifties in just 11 innings in his career. So he was not affected with the saga at all as he was in superb form and it was evident that he would be picked in the World Cup squad.
“As far as did it affect me? No. I am very glad to be referenced in a similar sentence as AB. He is clearly a standout amongst the best there has at any point been,” van der Dussen said. “So do I need to replace him? I don’t feel I need to. Would I be able to play match-winning innings for my nation? I trust I can. Is that what he did? Truly, he did. It didn’t have as large an impact as I think people might want to trust it had,” the 30-year old batsman said.