AB de Villiers may be willing to make his international comeback for T20 World Cup to be played in Australia later this year but he might have to overcome few struggles to walk into the side. Enoch Nkwe, South Africa’s assistant coach, has said that it’s not going to be as simple as that (De Villiers making a comeback).
“It’s not just going to be as simple as that. From my experience of the last couple of weeks with how [head coach Mark Boucher] works, he really believes in processes – you’ve got to earn it. It’s not just walking into the team,” Nkwe said on the day when De Villiers officially announced his willingness to make a return in international cricket.
It was in May 2018 that the former South African captain stunned the cricketing fraternity by announcing a shock retirement from international cricket. A tired de Villiers had said that he would only play T20 cricket to spend more time with his family.
The 35-year-old has stayed true to his words and barring IPL, De Villiers hasn’t played a complete season of any of the T20 leagues he has played so far. He had a delayed arrival in Pakistan Super League 2019, Vitality T20 blast and has also joined Big Bash League franchise Brisbane Heat almost a month after the start of the tournament.
It is to be noted that De Villiers, as he confirmed himself, had offered to return for World Cup 2019. He came up with the proposal just ahead of the team selection and Cricket South Africa decided against picking him up for the tournament.
Soon after the marquee event, there were reports that a change in the team management could see De Villiers make a comeback for T20 World Cup and he officially announced his intention to make a comeback for the T20 World Cup.
Almost every member of South Africa’s new team management, headed by Mark Boucher, has played with De Villiers and this can very well see him make a comeback soon. His form in the ongoing Big Bash League and IPL 2020 will play a major role in deciding if he makes a comeback. De Villiers might also be asked to play domestic cricket to be in contention.