Although he will not be seen in action in the highly-anticipated showpiece event next year in England and Wales but AB de Villiers has put on the predictor’s hat to name the title contenders for the 2019 ICC World Cup. De Villiers believes his home nation – South Africa will put behind the struggles and disappointment behind to lift the trophy at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground, London. Also Read - COVID-19 Pandemic: BCCI Donates Rs 51 Crore to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Relief Fund
De Villiers sudden retirement from international cricket had left a big hole in South African batting unit. He was a part of the Proteas squad who got knocked out in the semifinals of the 2015 World Cup in Australia. Quite expectantly, he ended up teary-eyed after his team’s defeat in the knock-out phase. Also Read - Mike Hesson Throws Weight Behind Virat Kohli, Says India Captain Wasn't The Only One to Struggle in New Zealand
“I think the Proteas are looking good for the World Cup,” the 34-year old was quoted by news18.com. “They have had a great series win against Australia, India and England are the other two teams that I feel have a good shot at the title. The bowlers look exceptional but we will be needing in-form batsmen to travel to England.” Also Read - Earth Hour 2020: Rohit Sharma Wants Citizens to do Their Bit For The Planet on Saturday
It is also speculated that de Villiers was being persuaded to reconsider his retirement decision but he said that no such move is on the cards. He added that his focus now is on spending time with his family after a decade-long playing career.
“I am extremely happy, I feel a lot of happiness in my heart and that’s important,” he said. “My relationships with my wife, my kids, my parents, my brothers are the most important things in my life & that’s exceptionally well in the last few years. So, I am a very happy man.”
Despite his absence from international cricket, De Villiers will continue to play in the T20 competitions around the world including the cash-rich IPL. He is currently playing the newly launched Mzansi Super League in South Africa. De Villiers is captaining the Tshwane Spartans and scored with a half-century on Friday night in the tournament opener against Cape Town Blitz.
The 50-over world event is set to get underway on May 30 and will continue till Sunday, July 14. Australia are the most successful team in the history of the event, having lifted the cup as many as five times. While, India and Windies have won it twice, while Pakistan and Sri Lanka have emerged victorious once each.