Changed my mind, winning World Cup not the ultimate dream says AB de Villiers
'My ultimate goal is not to win a World Cup although it would be nice'
Published - Apr 25, 2018 3:20 pm | Updated - Apr 27, 2018 4:51 pm
South Africa batsman AB de Villiers is in fine form in the ongoing Indian Premier League. The right-handed batsman showed some outrageous shot during his knock of 90 runs which came off just 39 deliveries. With the 2019 edition of the World Cup approaching, one would think that winning the tournament will be on his mind. Who would not dream of the World Cup trophy?
However, for 34-year-old de Villiers, winning the World Cup is not his ultimate dream. AB de Villiers was interacting with the media on Monday where he spoke about his plans. Notably, de Villiers had given up the longer format of the game in 2017 season to concentrate more on white-ball cricket. He returned to join the South African team in whites earlier this year.
Winning the World Cup not the ultimate goal: AB de Villiers
The RCB batsman suggested that he thought that winning the World Cup was his ultimate dream but he has now changed his mind but felt that it would be nice If he wins the trophy. “My ultimate dream is not to win a World Cup. I’ve changed my mindset. I feel it will be nice to win it, it’ll be a bonus, but if I don’t, it’s not going to define my career,” de Villiers was quoted as saying by the ICC website.
De Villiers has been part of the South African side on 3 occasions but managed to reach the semi-finals of the tournament in 2015, only to lose out on the hands of host New Zealand. De Villiers had played a crucial knock of 65 off just 45 deliveries in the semi-final but Grant Eliott’s last over six of Dale Steyn had sent the Proteas packing.
The 2019 edition of the tournament will be played in England and Wales where 10-sides will face off each other. It was Australia who bagged the coveted trophy last time. It will be interesting to see If AB de Villiers can help his side lift their first ever ICC World Cup.