Former South African cricketer AB de Villiers has revealed that he isn’t done with the sport just yet and intends to help out in a coaching capacity or mentoring role in the South African team, and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL.
The talismanic batter retired from all forms last year but expressed his desire to be associated with his country’s squad in some capacity. Being a popular figure in the cricketing world, many teams would be happy to have the senior pro amidst their ranks.
“I still believe that I have a role to play in SA cricket and also over there in the IPL with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). I have no idea what will come next but I will take it one day at a time and see. I have been looking after and mentoring some youngsters with potential and ability for the last few years.“
“No one knows about it and hopefully, I can look back one day in the future knowing that I have made a big difference in the lives of a few players. That is my focus for now and I don’t know if it’s going to be professional or on a casual basis, but we will see where we go with that,” he was quoted as saying by Sunday Times.
AB de Villiers reveals the reason behind his retirement
Although AB de Villiers continued to perform well in leagues around the world and was supremely fit for his age, he decided to call it a day as it didn’t give him the same feeling anymore.
“I found myself on the park where scoring runs and doing well for the team didn’t really match with everything that goes with it anymore and that’s where the balance started leading towards hanging my gloves up.“
“I have never been the guy who is going to push every single bit of energy of my ability and my cricketing skill, I have always played for the enjoyment of the game. And the minute that sort of started going down, I knew it was time for me to move on,” de Villiers mentioned.
During his time in the IPL, De Villiers formed one of the deadliest batting pairs in the league’s history alongside Virat Kohli.