Former South Africa player AB de Villiers has expressed his desire to return to international cricket almost three years after his retirement. He last featured for South Africa in the Johannesburg Test against Australia way back in March-April 2018 and after that, he decided to call it quits.
However, the 37-year-old veteran player has a lot of cricket left and he has been proving that while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He has also shown his interest to don the national team jersey once again. The veteran revealed that he would love to play for his country again.
“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’,” AB de Villiers said in the post-match press conference.
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In the IPL match on Sunday against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), he played a crucial knock of unbeaten 34-ball 76, which included nine fours and three sixes. His knock helped RCB win the match by 38 runs after putting up a huge total of 204 runs on the board in 20 overs.
He came to bat in the 13th over after opener Devdutt Padikkal’s dismissal and took the charge soon after. He got support from in-form Glenn Maxwell, who scored a blistering 78 runs off 49 balls and the duo stitched a 53-run stand for the fourth wicket.
“I had a lot of fun out there. It helped with Maxi playing well upfront and it made it really easy and gave the guys confidence that it’s not unplayable. It’s difficult when you come into games like these where the wicket tends to be a bit slow, you gotta break the shackles individually which some of our players did tonight,” he further added.
“It was definitely a better wicket, probably not a 200 wicket. I surprise myself sometimes and you just gotta go out there and give out your best the most important thing is I enjoy myself and I love playing for this team,” AB de Villiers concluded.