AB de Villiers equates his situation to that of Roger Federer
The right-hander confirmed that he would now be committed to the Proteas side in all the three-formats, with the dream of lifting the World Cup for his country
Published - Sep 1, 2017 11:27 pm | Updated - Sep 1, 2017 11:27 pm
Former South African skipper and batting dynamo AB de Villiers has returned to the game in all the three-formats after his 12-month sabbatical. The 33-year-old conceded that it was a tough decision that he had to make since he was at the peak of his game but also firmly believes that it was the right decision, as he gears up for to return to the fore.
He further, opened up about his personal quest for reaching unmatched heights to become the best in the world. The pressure, however, caught up with him just like it would to any other mega-star. Since then, the right-handed batsman has always been in and around of the news reports, which suggested that he would retire from the sport.
However, in a clear-the-air statement issued on August 23, De Villiers mentioned that playing all three formats of the game had taken a toll on him making him both physically and mentally tired before he took the break. Getting away from the pressure and hitting the refresh button was the agenda for the South African batsman.
AB de Villiers’ Federer moment:
“Must be brutally honest, that [growing expectations] is part of why I really enjoyed the last 12 months. Just to sort of get away a little bit, not to feel the constant pressure of having to perform to the expectation day in day out. That does get to you. I am not comparing myself, but I look at a Roger Federer walked out of the game for a while.” the 33-year-old made a remark comparing himself as Tennis player Roger Federer, who took similarly a break from the Tennis.
The right-hander confirmed that he would now be committed to the Proteas side in all the three formats, with the dream of lifting the World Cup for his country. 2019 CWC remains his dream trophy, and ABD has confirmed that he has his eyes on the trophy.