Namibia all-rounder David Wiese hailed his former South Africa captain AB de Villiers for his hard work and dedication throughout his career.
Wiese, who qualified for Namibia by descent since his father was born in the country, represented South Africa in 21 T20 Internationals and six ODI matches before signing a Kolpak deal with Sussex in 2017.
AB de Villiers is hardworking, his success does not come by luck: David Wiese
Wiese played with de Villiers for a very brief time during his stint with the Proteas and asked his Namibia international teammates to take the former South African captain’s example to work hard for themselves.
“AB is successful because he is probably the most talented cricketer that ever has been there. He is hardworking, his success does not come by luck. He puts in hours, his fitness is always good. His success is because of all the hard work he does. That is a recipe for success in most sports and that is something Namibia actually has already,” Wiese told news agency ANI.
“I have spent a short time with them and I see guys putting in the hard yards, they are not shy of putting in the extra effort. Physically and mentally, they are strong. They have the talent and the recipe is there, and it is now about trusting the ability. Definitely, what I can say is that one can learn from the hard work and dedication of AB de Villiers and not leaving any stone unturned,” he added.
We have got a lot of talented players out there: David Wiese on Namibia
Wiese is part of Namibia’s T20 World Cup squad and they are placed with Sri Lanka, Ireland and the Netherlands in the Group A of the qualifiers stage.
The 36-year-old all-rounder said his team is filled with talented players and together they will have to work hard in their first appearance in the T2o World Cup.
“Yeah, we have a tough pool and it will be difficult for us to get through, all other teams we will be playing against have some top-quality international players so we are going to have our work cut out. We have got a lot of talented players out there,” Wiese asserted.
” Namibia might not have known guys, but they are talented. They have been welcoming towards me. I will be chatting to the guys, I’ll be asking a lot of questions and if I can just help out other guys, that will be a job well done,” he added.
Namibia will play their first match against Sri Lanka on October 18 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.