Former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers, on Friday, confirmed he would be playing in the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
One of the modern-day greats, AB de Villiers is now all set to light up the Pakistan Super League. Ever since he announced his shock retirement from international cricketer earlier this year, there were apprehensions over whether he would play the game anymore or not. However, De Villiers has quashed all those speculations by making himself available for the PSL.
The batting stalwart took to Twitter to confirm his availability saying:
“It’s AB de Villiers here. The Pakistan Super League has grown into one of the top T20 tournaments around the world.It has given Pakistanis much to cheer about. I have certainly enjoyed some of the PSL games on television in recent years.”
“But 2019 will be different. In 2019, I will be participating in PSL. I certainly can’t wait and I will see you there.”
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) September 7, 2018
Earlier this month, Royal Challengers Bangalore also confirmed that de Villiers would continue to play in the Indian Premier League.
The batting star had shocked the whole world by retiring in May this year despite batting so well. He helped South Africa beat India and Australia in Test series at home this year. He was the standout performer for his side as he played all the seven Tests. The legendary batsman scored six fifties and a hundred in the seven Tests and was instrumental to South Africa’s success.
It was followed by a productive outing in the Indian Premier League. The right-handed batsman was the second highest run-scorer for his side, amassing 480 runs in 12 outings with the help of 6 fifties.
De Villiers will go down as one of the finest ever batsmen in the history of the game. No matter what the format was or what the conditions were, he rarely failed. If his traditional stroke-play made the traditionalists drool then his scarcely-believable wide array of unorthodox shots left this generation gasping for breath.
He scored a staggering 20,014 international runs (8765 in Tests, 9577 in ODIs and 1672 in T20Is). He also finished his career with a batting average over 50 in both Tests, and ODIs. He also holds the record for the fastest 50, fastest 100 and fastest 150 in ODIs, all coming against the Windies. He smashed a 31-ball 100 in Johannesburg in 2015 and hit a 66-ball 162 in the 2015 World Cup encounter in Sydney.