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AB de Villiers asked to lead the Proteas again?

In a Star Sports show, ‘Cricket Connected’, retired superstar, AB de Villiers supposedly revealed that Cricket South Africa has asked him “to lead the national side once again”. De Villiers on his part, though, wants to ensure that he is in top form when the time comes. The South African had announced his retirement in early 2018 but of late there were talks of a return to the national team before the T20 World Cup.

“The desire is there from my side to play for South Africa and have been asked by Cricket South Africa to lead the Proteas again,” said De Villiers.

“The most important thing to me is that I have got to be in top form and I have got to be better than the player next to me. If I feel I deserve my spot in the side, it becomes much easier for me to feel that I should be part of the playing XI,” he said.

“I have not been part of the Proteas for a while and I feel that it’s important for myself and for other people to see that I am still good enough to be there,” he said.

South Africa’s head coach Mark Boucher had earlier said that the veteran batsman and former skipper would be considered in the team for the T20 World Cup only if he shows good form. 

Now with the IPL postponed and the T20 World Cup also likely to be delayed, de Villiers himself had ruled out his chances of a comeback. The new reports have put Proteas fans in a fix again as he is now not only expected to return to the fold but also lead the side.

“However, with the virus going around, I don’t know what’s going to happen with the schedule,” he signed off.

Later, de Villiers himself quashed rumours as he denied CSA asking him to lead the side.

Rohit Sankar is a freelance cricket journalist stuck in a love-hate live-in relationship with the game. To rile him up, mention the 1999 World Cup semi-final. Rohit has been writing about cricket for well over 10 years now, and has written for a variety of news and sports outlets over this time.

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