Ab de Villiers possible comeback for South Africa.
The 37-year-old has expressed a desire to play for the Proteas again.
Ab de Villiers possible comeback:
As he awaits a meeting with national coach Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers said on Sunday that it would be “fantastic” to return to playing for South Africa ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup.
In the Indian Premier League, the veteran batsman, who retired from international cricket in 2018, smashed a match-winning unbeaten 76 as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 38 runs.
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De Villiers, 37, has expressed a desire to play for the Proteas again and believes a decision on his form and fitness will be made near the end of the Twenty20 tournament.
“We’ve been discussing it.”He asked me last year if I was interested, and I said ‘absolutely,'” De Villiers said after being named man of the match in Bangalore’s third consecutive win this season.
“As we approach the IPL, we’ll assess where we are in terms of my form and fitness.” If I can fit in there, it will be fantastic if everything else falls into place.
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“I’m waiting for Boucher to finish the IPL, and then we’ll plan accordingly.”
De Villiers is in talks with former captain Graeme Smith, South Africa’s director of cricket, and Boucher about returning to the T20 side.
The T20 World Cup will be held in India between October and November.
South Africa recently fell to Pakistan in a one-day (2-1) and T20 series (3-1).
De Villiers has been in excellent form for Bangalore, who are chasing their first IPL title under Virat Kohli’s leadership.
In Bangalore’s 204-4, he smashed nine fours and three sixes in his 34-ball blitz and put on a quickfire fifty-plus partnership with Australia’s Glenn Maxwell, who made 78.
“I’ve never been an ego player who will go out there and say, ‘I’m Mr.360,
I’m going to play every shot in the book,'” De Villiers explained.
“I’d rather play the situation to the best of my abilities. I believe I did it well and will continue to do so.”
De Villiers has represented South Africa in 114 Tests, 228 One-Day Internationals, and 78 Twenty20 Internationals, scoring over 20,000 runs in all three formats.