Former South African batsman AB de Villiers believes form is going to play a key role in the forthcoming World Cup 2019. The former talisman batsman who had surprisingly called it a day in International cricket in May believes South Africa is looking good at this moment. The Proteas has been in fine form in the recent past as they had won the ODI series against Zimbabwe and Australia.
Meanwhile, there is no doubt that South Africa is dearly going to miss the services of AB de Villiers. However, the linchpin batsman is happy with his decision as he is getting time to spend time with his family. On the other hand, AB de Villiers is currently playing in the Mzansi Super League.
South Africa is yet to win a World Cup.
“I think the Proteas are looking good for the World Cup,” he said while talking to Cricket Next. “They have had a great series win against Australia, India and England are the other two teams that I feel have a good shot at the title. The bowlers look exceptional but we will be needing in-form batsmen to travel to England.”
AB de Villiers had said that he is too tired to be playing at the International circuit and wants to spend time with his young family. De Villiers is happy that he is been able to do it now after his retirement.
De Villiers is happy with his decision.
“I am extremely happy, I feel a lot of happiness in my heart and that’s important,” he said. “My relationships with my wife, my kids, my parents, my brothers are the most important things in my life & that’s exceptionally well in the last few years. So, I am a very happy man.”
Mzansi Super League is going to be great for South African cricket.
AB de Villiers is leading Tshwane Spartans in the Mzansi Super League and scored a fine fifty in the tournament opener. The former Proteas skipper believes the Twenty20 league will help take South African cricket to new heights.
“I am excited, the Mzansi Super League at Home,” he said. “It’s great that our home tournament is taking off & I am very proud of it.
“There are so many good players around the world playing in this tournament. Everyone (team) is looking good. Proteas are coming back. That will up the skill of the tournament as well. I believe it will help South African cricket development and give youngsters incredible exposure to play with some of the world superstars.
“Starting from the MSL till the end of the World Cup in 2019, there will be eight to nine months or almost 300 days of exciting cricket, which includes over 25 Test matches, ODIs & T20Is, involving all the top sides in the world. Leagues will only expose more talents to the global level. It will hopefully make the game healthier.”
Meanwhile, South Africa is yet to savor success in the World Cup folklore. Thus, the Proteas will look to turn the tides in their favor in the forthcoming ODI showpiece.