Amid speculations of AB De Villiers'offer to make a comeback being rejected by the South African board, De Villiers has come out in support of the national side, clearly not wanting to cause any controversy. Emphasizing on supporting the team, De Villiers took to Twitter to post a message of support.
The former South African captain said that the team has a long way to go and believes that the Proteas could still make it past the league stage. He claimed that it was very important to focus on supporting the team for the World Cup.
After South Africa's third consecutive loss in the tournament, to India on Wednesday, reports of Ab De Villiers' offer to make a comeback to the national side emerged. The offer was allegedly made before the South Africa squad for the World Cup was announced but was summarily rejected. Many fans, however, expressed the hope that his return could turn the fortunes for the Proteas.
De Villiers' u-turn was reportedly turned down as he did not meet the selection criteria to make it to the side, with the board feeling that it would be unfair for the rest of the players who had been training for over a year if he was selected.
De Villiers retired from international cricket in May 2018 and played his last game against India in February 2018. He has continued to play at the highest levels, however, representing the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL and Titans in South Africa's own league.