South Africa superstar AB de Villiers remains coy on his impending retirement u-turn for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup later this year, saying his immediate focus is the upcoming IPL season. Also Read - IPL 100 Per Cent Possible if Coronavirus Pandemic is Contained by October: Ashish Nehra
South Africa head coach Mark Boucher has already stated on multiple occasions he won’t be shying away from summoning the likes of De Villiers saying best player must be part of their T20 World Cup squad. Also Read - India a Difficult Place to Play Test Cricket, Would Love to Win a Series There: Steve Smith
“Let’s wait and see what happens. My focus is on the Indian Premier League at the moment, and helping Royal Challengers Bangalore realise our full potential. Then we will sit down and have a look at the rest of the year and see what is possible,” De Villiers told IANS. Also Read - Revenue Loss of Rs 2,000 Crore For BCCI if IPL 2020 is Called Off: Report
De Villiers retired from international cricket in 2018, a decision that surprised many considering his age, form and fitness though he continues to participate in T20 leagues globally.
De Villiers, who played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is before retiring, says his family was an important factor in his decision to quit playing international cricket. “Each player must consider his own circumstances and make his own decision. I reached a point where I wanted to see more of my wife and two young sons, and seek a reasonable balance between family and cricket,” he said.
He added, The mental and physical demands on the leading players are massive these days, but each player must decide what he can and can’t do.”
Explaining his supreme fitness at 34, he said, “Discipline is the key. Eating right and regular exercise are extremely important. It becomes a habit. Eat healthy, have a healthy lifestyle, and it’s not difficult at all.”