‘AB de Villiers was in line to play T20 World Cup,’ confirms South Africa captain Quinton de Kock

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South Africa’s limited-overs captain Quinton de Kock has confirmed that former batsman AB de Villiers was in line to make a comeback and play the T20 World Cup which was initially scheduled to happen later this yr in Australia.

For months, de Villiers, who introduced his retirement from worldwide cricket in 2018, had proven eagerness to return for South Africa’s T20 World Cup campaign however with the match now postponed as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, doubts have resurfaced in regards to the former South Africa captain’s return.

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Reports of de Villiers’ potential comeback first began doing the rounds throughout last yr’s World Cup, the place the previous SA captain had knowledgeable Faf du Plessis of his need to play the World Cup, inflicting an enormous stir. With South Africa struggling to ship good outcomes, du Plessis had earlier said that plans are being made to deliver de Villiers back for the T20 World Cup.

Earlier this yr, it was reported that de Villiers was set to play in a minimum of one among South Africa’s T20I collection earlier than the T20 World Cup, the place he’s anticipated to make a world comeback.

“He was definitely in line. If fit, I would have loved to have AB de Villiers. I think any team would have loved to have AB de Villiers in their team. While we were pushing for him, now we will have to see when the T20 World Cup is going to happen now,” de Kock mentioned on the Cricket Connected present on Star Sports.

It was in January that CSA appointed de Kock because the captain of a new-look South Africa. He changed du Plessis SA’s ODI and T20I captain. South Africa’s director of cricket Graeme Smith introduced in April that the wicketkeeper batsman wouldn’t be elevated to Test captaincy. de Kock himself didn’t need Test captaincy as he feels that “extra pressure” of main the workforce in conventional format would have been “too much stress” for him.

“I think it is too much work to be honest. I have to be the wicketkeeper, go up in the batting order. Captaining all three formats in general takes its toll. I don’t think I am the guy who can lead all three teams. I think I am pretty happy with T20s and ODIs,” the South Africa captain mentioned.

[Attribution HT]

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