Former South African cricketer AB de Villiers is widely regarded as one of the game’s all-time greats. He is largely viewed as one of the premier batters in the game due to his strong stroke play and aggressive style. He recently said goodbye to all cricket, and the whole cricketing community and fans were in a panic over the news that they would no longer be able to see Mr.360 in the action.
De Villiers, is unclear of his immediate future but believes he has a larger role to play in South African cricket. He believes he has been working to build younger talents for the previous several years and hopes to make a huge difference in the lives of the individuals.
I have always played for the enjoyment of the game: AB de Villiers
“I still believe that I have a role to play in SA cricket and also over there in the IPL with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). I have no idea what will come next but I will take it one day at a time and see. I have been looking after and mentoring some youngsters with potential and ability for the last few years”.
“No one knows about it and hopefully, I can look back one day in the future knowing that I have made a big difference in the lives of a few players. That is my focus for now and I don’t know if it’s going to be professional or on a casual basis, but we will see where we go with that,” de Villiers said.
The former SA captain also discussed the difficulties of performing the game in the middle of the current pandemic. He mentioned that all of these variables had an impact on his playing and that he didn’t completely like it. He believes these were the factors that prompted him to retire.
“I found myself on the park where scoring runs and doing well for the team didn’t really match with everything that goes with it anymore and that’s where the balance started leading towards hanging my gloves up”.
“I have never been the guy who is going to push every single bit of energy of my ability and my cricketing skill, I have always played for the enjoyment of the game. And the minute that sort of started going down, I knew it was time for me to move on,” de Villiers added.