AB de Villiers clarifies he will play IPL despite international retirement

first_imgGood news is in store for fans of AB de Villiers as the South African superstar has clarified that he will continue to play in the Indian Premier League ‘for a few years’.The 34-year-old shocked the cricketing fraternity when he announced his retirement from international cricket in May this year. The announcement came on the back of his stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL this season.At the time of his retirement it wasn’t clear as to whether he will play in the IPL or not but he has clarified that he will continue.”I will keep on playing IPL for a few years, and I would like to play for the Titans, and help some of the youngsters. But there are no set plans. I haven’t been able to say that for a long time,” de Villiers told iol.co.za.Ran out of gas, says AB de Villiers after shock retirement”There are some offers on the table from around the world, but it will be nice to wake up and wonder what to do; to be normal,” he added.de Villiers, who is probably the most-loved cricketer in India, had stated that he was too tired to carry on playing for South Africa in a video posted on his Facebook page.The news that all of you had been waiting for! Steady your nerves, @ABdeVilliers17 is going nowhere and will continue entertaining us with his 360 degrees of brilliance. Read more https://t.co/JjIWbQF7ux #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/ZmWNxwfTUWadvertisementRoyal Challengers (@RCBTweets) July 10, 2018″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.Virat Kohli to AB de Villiers: You changed the way batting was seen”Yes, I would have loved to win it, but I have great memories from World Cups. The 2007 tournament – my first – was very special. We fell short against Australia, when we tried to play too much cricket too soon, but that shift in mentality probably helped us to go over there and win the Test series we then won over there. Personally, I scored my first ODI century in that 2007 tournament, and I loved the whole experience of being in the Caribbean.”The same goes for the others, in 2011 and in 2015. India has always been close to my heart, because of the passion for cricket, and then obviously 2015 was an amazing game,” he further said about the classic semi-final against New Zealand in which South Africa fell agonisingly short. “We fell on the wrong side of it, but we gave it everything,” de Villiers said.de Villiers played international cricket for 14 years since making his Test debut for South Africa in 2004 against England.AB de Villiers retires: What made Mr. 360 a modern-day great”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 said.Mr. 360 had carved his niche as one of the greatest batsmen to have played the game. In Tests, he scored 8765 runs while amassed 9577 runs in One Day Internationals.De Villiers retired with a Test average of 50.66 and as the fourth-highest scorer for South Africa. He made 22 Test centuries.He last played for South Africa in the four-Test series against Australia at home and scored 427 runs including one hundreds. de Villiers was also the second highest run-scorer in the three-Test series against India.last_img

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