They say that form is temporary but class is permanent and no one underscores that statement better than Ab DeVilliers. The former South African skipper lit up the game at London for Middlesex with a spectacular knock of 88 runs from 43 balls, bringing back fond memories of the star batsman terrorizing the opposition with his batting prowess.
DeVilliers' quickfire knock ensured victory for Middlesex over Essex, making it a remarkable debut for the former cricketer in county cricket. The star batsman scored six sixes and five boundaries en route to his unbeaten knock of 88 runs.
DeVilliers came into bat when Middlesex were at 39 runs with two wickets lost. The former South African skipper stayed at the crease till the end of the chase, with Dawid Malan scoring 43 runs and the duo added 105 runs to their partnership.
Middlesex chased down the target of 164 runs in 17 overs, giving his side a comprehensive victory over Essex.
ABD had made a shocking retirement from International Cricket in May 2018. However, during the beginning of the World Cup, the ex-captain went on to say that he had wished to represent the Proteas following which he was criticized by former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar for going after money on his Youtube channel.
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.