After South Africa's forgettable outing in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, former skipper AB de Villiers has come up with a few points to make a statement of what had actually happened when he was in the news for all the wrong reasons during the team's forgettable campaign.
De Villiers had led South Africa to the semi-finals in the 2015 edition. The entertaining batsman had made a shocking retirement from International Cricket in May 2018. However, during the ongoing showpiece event, he went on to say that he had indeed desired to play for South Africa following which he was criticised by former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar for giving for going after money.
The 35-year old has admitted that when he had called it a day last year, he wanted to reduce his workload and spend more time with his better half and their two sons and that he had turned down many lucrative offers which had come his way to play all over the world. ABD also added that he has cut the time spent away from home each year from eight months to just over three months.
The veteran batsman has also added that he had made absolutely no demands whatsoever and that he did not force his way into the World Cup squad on the eve of the tournament and also did not expect to be included. He further added that there was no burning issue from his side and no sense of injustice either.
Mr. 360 also mentioned that during the weeks and months that followed after his retirement, there was no formal contact between Cricket South Africa, Proteas and himself and that neither he approached them nor did they approach him. The ex-captain then made his decision and the team decided to move on as well as they were enjoying success under the 'expert guidance' of coach Ottis Gibson and Faf du Plessis' captaincy.
De Villiers revealed that he had also contacted his childhood friend Faf du Plessis for a chat two days before the team's World Cup squad was announced. ABD who had a good IPL casually repeated the same thing which he had repeated the previous year to Faf and that he was available for selection if required but only if required.
AB de Villiers has issued his four-point justification statements on his official Twitter handle. Read them here.