AB de Villiers draws inspiration from Rafael Nadal for comeback

The 33 year old has also said no to wicket keeping in this year’s IPL considering his injury.

AB de Villiers of South Africa
AB de Villiers of South Africa. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Be it any format of the game there is no doubt about the fact that AB de Villiers is one of the finest to have ever graced the game of cricket. The batsman has a wide range of shots which gives the bowlers a tough time on the field. Apart from this the player is a world class athlete and possesses excellent fielding and wicket-keeping skills.

But sadly, AB de Villiers has a consistent back problem which has forced him to miss numerous matches in his international career. The South African ODI captain could not feature in the Momentum One Day Cup final which was held at Centurion due to the same problem which has been haunting him for years. The player was also not seen his IPL franchise’s first clash of the season against the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and has said that he will not take the field unless 100 percent fit.


Commenting on the same at the launch of his new mobile app AB de Villiers quoted “It’s something I haven’t dealt with a lot in my career. I have not had a lot of injuries. But every time I’ve had an injury, I’ve come back stronger”

The Proteas player would be keen to feature in his team’s next match against the Delhi Daredevils and was scheduled for a net session on Thursday to assess his back problem.

“I’ve found inspiration through a lot of athletes like (Rafael) Nadal. The way he’s come back has inspired me a lot. He’d been out for quite a long time as well. I’m still motivated to play and as long as that motivation is there mentally, nothing is going to stop me”

The 33-year-old has also said no to wicket keeping in this year’s IPL considering his injury. He further stated that he could go on to miss five years of cricket if he forces himself to keep.