I still believe that I have a role to play in SA cricket and in the IPL with RCB: AB de Villiers

I still believe that I have a role to play in SA cricket and in the IPL with RCB: AB de Villiers

He reckoned that he has been grooming younger talents for the last few years and wishes to make a big difference in the lives of the players.  

AB de Villiers - 2012 Australia Test
AB de Villiers – 2012 Australia Test. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The former South African cricketer AB de Villiers has been one of the greats of the game that the world has witnessed. Owing to his powerful stroke play and attacking game, he is widely renowned as one of the best batters in the sport. He bid adieu to all cricket recently and the entire cricketing fraternity and fans were all frenzy by the fact that they can no more see Mr.360 on the field.

De Villiers though is quite unsure what his near future holds but feels that he has a greater role to play in South Africa cricket. He reckoned that he has been grooming younger talents for the last few years and wishes to make a big difference in the lives of the players.

“I still believe that I have a role to play in SA cricket and also over there in the IPL with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). I have no idea what will come next but I will take it one day at a time and see. I have been looking after and mentoring some youngsters with potential and ability for the last few years.

No one knows about it and hopefully, I can look back one day in the future knowing that I have made a big difference in the lives of a few players. That is my focus for now and I don’t know if it’s going to be professional or on a casual basis, but we will see where we go with that,” de Villiers said as quoted by Sunday Times.

I knew it was time for me to move on: AB de Villiers

The former Proteas skipper further talked about the challenges of playing the game amidst the ongoing pandemic. He stated that all of these factors affected his game and he didn’t absolutely enjoy it. According to him, these were the signs that made him take the decision to retire.

“I found myself on the park where scoring runs and doing well for the team didn’t really match with everything that goes with it anymore and that’s where the balance started leading towards hanging my gloves up.

I have never been the guy who is going to push every single bit of energy of my ability and my cricketing skill, I have always played for the enjoyment of the game. And the minute that sort of started going down, I knew it was time for me to move on,” de Villiers added.