It was a really shocking incident when AB de Villiers announced his retirement from international cricket in May of 2018. He was said to be one of the top contenders for the South African team before going to the ICC World Cup 2019. This left all his countrymen and even his fans all across the world really shocked as they wanted more from the player. However, the player has kept himself busy playing T20 cricket for various franchises all around the world. He was recently named as the player of the match in the IPL 2019 match of the RCB against the KXIP where his 59 runs helped the team to register their first win in this season. Villiers said that his game has been revitalized after exiting from international cricket.
Since his retirement in May 2018, he has played four T20 cricket tournaments including Mzansi Super League, Bangladesh Premier League, Pakistan Super League and the Indian Premier League. He has played a total of 28 innings in which, eight have been in single digit scores and four 50 plus scores.
This kind of tournament, I’m playing every now and then says de Villiers
He said that his game has improved a lot since his retirement from international cricket. “That’s exactly the reason why I decided not to play international cricket, it’s to be sharp as I can in other forms of the game around the world. I can’t keep playing 10-11 months a year and keep being sharp after 15 years of international cricket. This kind of tournament, I’m playing every now and then, every 2-3 months. It really keeps me energetic. I get to work with university guys back home. With some of the local guys and local youngsters, which really gives me the energy and really motivates me to be better for some youngsters back home and be an example for them,” said AB de Villiers.
I’ve hit the ball well, I’ve got in many times says de Villiers
He further said that he wants to be there at the end of every time, winning games for his team. “Obviously I want to be there at the end every time, winning games for the team. I’ve hit the ball well, I’ve got in many times, and I just haven’t gotten far on a few occasions. But as I said, I’ve got too much respect for the game of cricket to get ahead of myself and get too hard on myself,” said de Villiers.