I have a role to perform in SA cricket and with the RCB: AB De Villiers

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I have a role to perform in SA cricket and with the RCB: AB De Villiers – Retired South Africa captain AB de Villiers is unsure what the future holds for him, but he is convinced that he will play a role in the national team and his IPL outfit RCB’s future set-up. De Villiers, one of modern cricket’s best batters, resigned across all forms of the game in November last year, capping a brilliant 17-year career in the top division.

“I still believe that I have a role to play in South African cricket as well as in the IPL with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB),” he was quoted as saying by Times LIVE. De Villiers not only has a whopping 20,017 international runs across all forms under his belt, but he also holds the record for the quickest 50,100, and 150 in ODIs.

“I have no idea what happens next,” he added, “but I will take it one day at a time and see.” De Villiers, 37, said he had been “watching after and coaching certain youths with capacity and willingness for the last few years.” He has played 114 Tests, 228 ODIS, and 78 T20s for South Africa. “No one knows about it, and perhaps I’ll be able to look back one day and know that I made a major impact in the lives of a few players.” “That is my goal for now, and I’m not sure if it’ll be professional or on a temporary basis, but we’ll see where we go with that.”

De Villiers, who announced his resignation from international cricket in 2018, talked up about the private hardships he endured in the last few years, which included the COVID-19 pandemic.

I have a role to perform in SA cricket and with the RCB: AB De Villiers

“Having to go to the IPL twice last year, where we had to deal with a lot of travel bans, Covid-19 testing, delayed and postponed airlines, and having to organise school for the kids was quite difficult,” he said. “I’ve determined over the last three years that I’m not going to travel without my kids any longer, and the split IPL has made it quite difficult.”

The most difficult obstacle was probably being sane, motivated, and energetic “I also got Covid-19 at some point, and it made me quite unwell for 10 to 12 days, but I managed to get through it. With the epidemic circulating, those were the hurdles, as well as the everyday stresses of life!” After many COVID cases were discovered inside the bio-bubble in India, the IPL was suspended in 2020. After being relocated to the UAE, it was completed later that year. “By far, the travel arrangements and the IPL have been the toughest challenges this year, and finding the energy to still desire to be the greatest in the world has been difficult,” he says.

He stated that for him, the game has “always been about enjoyment.”

“And the minute that I felt the difficulty of travelling and being there at the IPL for two and a half to 3 months a year, particularly with such an one which was split into two, bubbles and this and that made the whole thing very complicated in terms of cricket and pleasure thereof.”

I saw myself on the field where scoring runs and doing well for the team didn’t really fit with all that came with it any longer, and there’s when the balance began to shift toward hanging up my gloves.

He just stepped on that when he realised he was no longer having fun.

“I’ve never been the guy who pushes every ounce of energy in my talent and cricketing skill; I’ve always played for the love of the game. And the moment that started to happen, I realised it was time for me to go on.”

(With PTI Inputs)

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