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AB de Villiers is irreplaceable: South African batsman David Miller

"Yes, we have big shoes to fill."

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Back in May this year, South African stalwart AB de Villiers retired from international cricket, much to the shock of the cricketing fraternity and the supporters. The veteran cited tiredness as one of the reasons behind his stepping down. The departure has left a massive void in the Proteas lineup and they are still straining hard to find his appropriate replacement.

Earlier, skipper Faf du Plessis mentioned that Aiden Markram can be an option at the number four position. However, the right-hander hasn’t been able to impress thus far. In the meantime, David Miller, the Proteas left-handed batsman has mentioned that the team wouldn’t be able to find someone who can fill in the colossal shoes of the retired cricketer from Pretoria.

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Life moves on

“Yes, we have big shoes to fill. Actually, I don’t think we will be able to fill it, to be honest with you. But at the same time as I said to so many people, someone steps in and we can still win some games. The atmosphere in the dressing room has been extremely extremely good. Life moves on and we got to take the opportunity when it comes,” Miller was quoted as saying in News 18.

Miller has had a decent time in international cricket of late. He played a couple of T20Is against Zimbabwe, but he came into his own in South Africa’s three-match ODI series against Australia. He scored an impressive half-century at Adelaide Oval. The batsman followed it up a stupendous 139 in the deciding encounter at Carrara Oval in Queensland.

The World Cup is scheduled to be played from May 30 and South Africa would be keen to get their hands on the coveted trophy. The Proteas would play the opening match of the 50-overs event against England at Kennington in London. Back in the 2015 World Cup, they qualified for the semi-final against New  Zealand, but couldn’t get over the line.

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