South Africa’s batting great AB de Villiers is not going to be returning to international cricket, as per the news.
Earlier, it was reported that he might be returning to the South Africa team in the upcoming T20 World Cup in October. But now as per the report by ESPN Cricinfo, Cricket South Africa has informed that AB de Villiers has decided “once and for all, that his retirement will remain final.”
Earlier it was being said that he might wear the national team jersey as South Africa looked for his stunning show in the shortest format of the game. His swashbuckling performance at IPL 2020 for RCB did help to start a discussion in the cricketing circles about his comeback but the COVID-19 menace ensured that the plans didn’t work last year. However, South Africa coach Mark Boucher recently revealed that something is there as well.
“The conversation is still very much open” – Mark Boucher on AB de Villiers
“I did chat to him (AB de Villiers) before he went to the IPL. The conversation is still very much open,” Boucher told reporters according to South Africa website timeslive.co.za. “AB, being the person he is, wants to perform very well at the IPL to prove to himself and everyone else that he is still a very key figure in world cricket and could dominate at that level,” he added.
”I said to him: ‘Go do your thing, and I’ll give you a shout towards the back-end of the IPL.’ So that is where we are with him,” Mark Boucher further added.
However, AB de Villiers was in a dismal form while playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) which was being played in India. He had played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and did exceptionally well in the middle-order and helped his side win in almost every game as well. Notably, India will host the T20 World Cup this season as well.