Mr.360 isn’t sure what the future holds in store for him but the former South Africa captain is confident that he will have a responsibility to pay back to the national team and his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore’s future set-up.
One of contemporary cricket’s greatest batters, de Villiers had retired from all forms of the game in November last year. Besides a staggering 20,014 international runs across formats to his name, de Villiers also holds the record for the fastest fifty, century and 150 in ODIs. He also played 157 matches for Royal Challengers and scored 4522 runs. He is widely regarded as the most “Innovative” batter the game has ever seen.
“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,” he was quoted as saying by Times LIVE. I have no idea what will come next but I will take it one day at a time and see,” he said. 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, who had announced his retirement from international cricket in 2018, shared the personal challenges that he faced in the last couple of years with the Covid-19 pandemic also taking a toll.
“Having to go to the IPL twice last year where we had to deal with a lot of travelling restrictions, Covid-19 testing, missed and cancelled flights, and having to organise school for the kids was very challenging,” he said.
“I decided over the past few years that I am not going to travel without my kids anymore and the split IPL really made it very complicated. Probably the biggest challenge was to stay sane, motivated and keeping the energy.
“I also picked up Covid-19 at some stage and I was really sick for 10 to 12 days and luckily I got through it. Those were the challenges and there were basic stresses of life with the pandemic floating around.”
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