The controversy of AB De Villiers coming out of retirement to begin his World Cup campaign for 2019 has been garnering some good attention from cricketing fraternities and other people. The same was admitted and reckoned by the South African coach Ottis Gibson on Saturday that de Villiers offered to play in the World Cup. not only this, but it also known that de Villiers contacted the coach, Gibson and the captain, Faf du Plessis that he was willing to come out of the retirement.
Talking about the same, de Villiers himself admitted that he took an early toll on his retirement after he made an announcement last year. He also said that his inclusion will not be fair to the other players who had been a part of the team against teams like Pakistan and Sri Lanka ahead of the World Cup 2019.
Personally, I suspect that there are a lot more people wanting AB to be here than AB himself
The offer made by de Villiers wasn’t revealed until the time, South Africa suffered massive defeats against England, Bangladesh and India in three matches they played in. with this, if the team wants to be a part of the semi-finals World Cup campaign that they will be required to win their clash against the Windies on Monday and will also be required to win all the remaining matches in the World Cup.
The South African coach, Gibson on the other hand was rather disappointed in answering questions about the outside world when what they should be concentrating on is the flattering chances of the south African team making it to the World Cup semi-finals. He talked about the same in the press conference in Southampton on Saturday saying that de Villiers should have made it clear that he was available earlier in the year.
He’s made his choice
“AB called me. I think it was the morning that the squad was going to be announced. A lot of other things had gone on before that, of course. We had decided already that he left it too late because the door was left open up until December, and then after that to come this late in the day,” he said.
He also said that if he really wanted to be a part of the World cup campaign he should’ve told before. “He knew, if he really wanted to, he knew that those 10 games against Pakistan and Sri Lanka were vitally important for us because from March to the World Cup we won’t have any more cricket. But again, he knew that, and he’s made his choice. Personally I suspect that there are a lot more people wanting AB to be here than AB himself because I believe that if AB wanted to be here, he would be here,” he concluded.