AB de Villiers success mantra for budding cricketers
De Villiers retired from international cricket last month.
Updated - Jun 12, 2018 6:15 pm
AB de Villiers has been amongst the most adored cricketers the world has ever seen. He hardly employed any undesired antics on the cricket pitch, rather has played the game as per the spirit. His career has been marred by injuries, however, he didn’t bog them down. He took the hurdles by the scruff of their necks and surged ahead to entertain the crowd and rack up records.
Nevertheless, last month he finally decided to hang his boots from international cricket. He cited ‘tiredness’ as a reason behind his retirement and the entire cricketing fraternity mourned in utter disbelief. The 34-year left a massive void in the South African lineup, which was self-explanatory. Recently, the retired cricketer delivered some words of wisdom, probably correlating with how his career panned out.
“I managed to find a balance”- AB de Villiers
“When you enter the public stage, there is a lot of pressure on your shoulders to perform at the highest level every time. Any young player looking to succeed needs to make tough choices, work hard and always stay focused. Starting a family and recovering from injury, I managed to find a balance,” de Villiers was quoted as saying by NDTV.
“There are a lot of distractions that any player must navigate in their career. It can feel like everyone wants a piece of you when you get closer to the top. To follow your dreams, to be honest, and to work hard at whatever you do. Whether you’re on the cricket pitch or at home: being true to yourself is the best,” the Pretoria-born cricketer added.
The South African Test squad for their upcoming tour of Sri Lanka has recently been announced. Sri Lankan conditions are most likely to favour the tweakers and de Villiers’ absence is most likely to be felt.