South Africa head coach Mark Boucher has hinted at the possible return of AB de Villiers to the South Africa national side for ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Boucher has said that his conversation with AB de Villiers over the matter is still open — and he is going to have a chat with AB de Villiers after the end of IPL 2021.
AB de Villiers retired from all forms of international cricket in 2018. However, he is still active in domestic T20 leagues and franchise cricket tournaments around the world. With his aggressive and dominant batting style, he is still a prominent cricketer on the global stage. Last year in 2020, he had hinted at his return to the South Africa national side for ICC T20 World Cup.
Conversation Is Still Open With AB de Villiers, Says Mark Boucher
South African head coach Mark Boucher has said that the conversation with AB de Villiers for his international comeback is still open.
“I did chat to him before he went to the IPL. The conversation is still very much open. AB, being the person he is, wants to perform very well at the IPL to prove to himself and everyone else that he is still a very key figure in world cricket and could dominate at that level,” Mark Boucher was quoted by iol.ca.za as saying.
Boucher also revealed that he is going to have a chat with AB de Villiers over the matter after IPL 2021. “I said to him: ‘Go do your thing, and I’ll give you a shout towards the back-end of the IPL.’ So that is where we are with him,” Mark Boucher further said.
In his first match of IPL 2021, AB de Villiers impressed everyone with his 48-run-knock off 27 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore. De Villiers’ match-winning knock helped Royal Challengers Bangalore to defeat Mumbai Indians by 2 wickets while chasing. AB de Villiers’ return to the national side of South Africa for ICC World Cup 2021 will be a big boost for the team.
Talking about South Africa, the team is currently playing a 4-match T20I series against Pakistan on their home soil. The visitors Pakistan have taken a 2-1 lead in the three T20Is so far. However, the South Africa team is also short of their crucial players like Kagiso Rababa, Anrich Nortje, David Miller, and Quinton de Kock, who are busy with their commitments in IPL 2021.