I made peace after realising that World Cup success cannot measure my career: AB de Villiers
He announced his retirement in May.
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AB de Villiers has been a brilliant cricketer South Africa and his retirement put a full stop to a fantastic career which deserved more accolades. His fans will always feel that the player of his stature should’ve bowed out with a World Cup in his hands. But life is hard sometimes and you do not get what you want always. De Villiers realised the same which helped him in taking one of the toughest decision of his life to retire from international cricket.
He has already cleared that he will feature for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the next few years. He was a sensation this year in the tournament and mesmerised everyone with his amazing strokeplay.
World Cup was a massive goal
AB de Villiers, in an interview to iol.co.za, admitted that winning a World Cup was a dream for him but he made peace with the fact that one tournament cannot measure his career in the future. He also went on to say that the goal of triumphing in the world event put a lot of pressure on him.
“For a long time, the World Cup was a massive goal. But, in the last few years, I have realised that it isn’t realistic to measure yourself purely on what you achieve in that tournament. That will not be the be-all and end-all of my career,” he said.
One of the most dynamic batsmen of his generation agreed that it was a very easy decision to retire after he figured out that World Cup will not define his career. “I guess that once I acknowledged to myself that I didn’t have to measure my career on one tournament, place so much emphasis on it, it became easier to make my decision. I also didn’t want to be picking and choosing my way through fixtures from now until then. It wouldn’t be fair,” he added.