There was an expectation for the last few months that AB de Villiers will retire from international cricket and play in this year’s T20 World Cup. But Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed that the 37-year-old batsman is not returning to international cricket, breaking his retirement. AB de Villiers has decided that his retirement will be final.
AB de Villiers retired from the South African national team in 2018. However, after leaving the national team, he was regularly playing franchise cricket. AB de Villiers was rumored to be talking to the Proteas coach Mark Boucher on his returning to the South African national team after he played well for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL this year. The rumour came ahead of the T20 World Cup 2021 to be held in October-November.
But the CSA said talks with de Villiers about his return were over. However, the board could not give any positive news. There has been a lot of talk about the squad formation ahead of the T20 and Test series against the West Indies.
Explaining the reason behind AB de Villiers’ decision to retire, South African national cricket team head coach Boucher will respect that. As a coach, Boucher has the responsibility to try to bring out the best players. Because he thinks AB de Villiers is still one of the best in T20, everyone will agree on that. However, AB de Villiers may be considering crossing over the others who are still working their way back to the squad. He has not reacted well to them.
AB de Villiers has been rumored to be returning at regular intervals since retiring in May 2018. The batsman, who holds the record for the fastest ODI century, was the closest to returning before the 2019 ODI World Cup. The media then reported that he had spoken of returning to the South African team at the very last moment. But the Proteas team management did not respond then.
AB de Villiers’ chances of returning were bright after former South African captain Graeme Smith became director of the board and Boucher became the coach. Both were his former teammates. The agreement was good, but it did not open the door for AB de Villiers to return.
AB de Villiers is one of the best batsmen in the history of South Africa Cricket. He is the fourth-highest run-getter in the country in Tests and the second-highest run-getter in ODIs and T20Is. Arguably, he is one of the best batsmen in the T20 format. AB de Villiers was in great form before the IPL was postponed due to the Covid-19 epidemic. He scored 207 runs in 6 innings with a strike rate of 164.28 there.
The fans were surely waiting for his return, which is not going to happen. But all his supreme cricket actions can be seen in the franchise cricket leagues around the world.
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