Virat Kohli will definitely try to come here and win and to make history: AB de Villiers
"We know all about Virat Kohli and how determined he is as a captain," de Villiers said.
Updated - Dec 24, 2017 5:18 pm
AB de Villiers has been away from the longer format of the game for almost two years now. He played a Test match last in January 2016 against England. Due to various personal and fitness reasons, he opted out of the Test series against England and the Kiwis in 2017. In the process of preparing himself against the mighty Indians, the No.1 Test team, ABD will play the day and night Test match against Zimbabwe. This is going to be his come back game after the sabbatical.
However, de Villiers’ last Test match wasn’t a memorable one. He would hope to forget that as he bagged a pair of ducks in his last encounter against the Englishmen. The star batsman opted out of the warm-up game before the first ever 4-day game in international cricket, owing to his back-strain. The 4-day pink ball match is to start on the boxing day.
The Protean also said that motivation for his comeback is helping South Africa regain the number one spot in Test cricket. The former skipper is eager to make a mark for his team. “I want to contribute, want to play knocks and have my say in the field‚ share my experience‚ take some catches in order for us to win games of cricket,” he said.
“I received the white clothing on yesterday again, with the new pullover, and felt it like my first game again. It is very exciting and really looking forward to walking out there again and getting some results under the belt. Hopefully we play some good cricket against Zimbabwe and then take it for there,” talking about the only test against Zimbabwe, he added.
The greater challenge ahead:
Though the boxing day Test against their neighbours is lined up this week, ABD seems to be thinking ahead in time about the India series. He knows that the Indian skipper and his dear mate Virat Kohli will try his level best to create history on this tour. The Indians have never won a Test series in the country and this is considered to be on of the best units from the subcontinent travelling here.
“It (India series) is huge. They have played a lot better in our conditions over the last few series that they have played here compared to the 1990s. I think they are a team that is young and determined. It will be a great challenge for us. We know all about Virat Kohli and how determined he is as a captain. He will definitely try to come here and win and to make history. We are well aware of that and we will prepare accordingly,” ABD stated.