AB de Villiers and Two Others Likely To Return To National Colors
May 08, 2021 20:32 [IST]
Last Update: May 08, 2021 20:32 [IST]
Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers is a batting powerhouse
and is considered nothing less than a prodigy in the modern world. The veteran
took South Africa to new heights both as a batter and a leader. However, in
2018 he abruptly decided to put an end to his illustrious international career
of 15 years.
De Villiers’ last outing for Proteas came against Australia in a
Test match at Johannesburg in March-April 2018 as in the very next month, he
put forth his decision of hanging his boots at the age of 34. Though, AB put an
end to his international career, time and again he has proved that a lot of
cricket is still left in him.
The right-hander has been a constant player for the franchise Royal
Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and every year plays some special and quickfire
knocks that leave the fans and cricket fraternity in awe. AB’s brilliant
performance in the T20 leagues across the globe has often sparked rumors
regarding his potential comeback in international cricket for South Africa.
Last month, South Africa’s head coach Mark Boucher hinted towards
the comeback of AB for South Africa in the T20 World Cup, scheduled in India in
the months of October and November. The 37-year-old also gave a positive
response as while speaking in the post-match presentation of an IPL 2021 match,
he stated, “It will be fantastic to play for South Africa again, I will be
speaking with Boucher late end of IPL – last year, he asked me whether I am
interested and I said ‘absolutely’.”
Meanwhile, a month after Cricket South Africa (CSA) Director Graeme
Smith also hinted towards the comeback of the former skipper along with other
players including the likes of Imran Tahir and Chris Morris. Smith believes
that the comeback of such players can bolster South Africa’s T20Is line-up.