MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh
MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh (Image Credits: Twitter)

Last Update on: September 26th, 2023 at 01:22 pm

Former South African batter AB de Villiers said that cricket is a team game and that World Cup victories should not be credited to individual players. AB de Villiers pointed out the misconception that individual players, like MS Dhoni or Ben Stokes, solely won World Cups.

MS Dhoni was the captain of India’s World Cup-winning campaign during the 2011 edition at home. The former Indian skipper smashed the match-winning six against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. The batter won the ‘Player of the Match’ award for his 91-run in the final match.

Cricket Is A Team Game – AB de Villiers

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, AB de Villiers emphasized the team-centric nature of cricket, urging people to remember the collective effort of the team.

“Cricket is a team game, it’s not a player lifting the World Cup. I see that way too often on social platforms. MS Dhoni did not win the World Cup, India won the World Cup, so keep that in mind. Don’t forget that. Ben Stokes did not lift the trophy in Lord’s back in 2019, it was team England,” said De Villiers.

Ben Stokes played a crucial knock in the 2019 World Cup final against New Zealand to help the team register their maiden ICC title in the 50-over format. The left-handed batter was the Player of the Match for his knock.

There’s A Lot Things Goes Into Winning – AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers emphasized that winning the World Cup requires support from everyone in the team and should not be solely attributed to just two or three individuals.

“There’s a lot that goes into winning the World Cup, I think of the coaching staff, the selectors, board members, directors, the players and the substitutes,” he concluded.

The much-awaited ODI World Cup 2023 is scheduled to be played in India between October 5 and November 19. The tournament will kick off with the match between the 2019 finalists, England and New Zealand, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Also read: AB de Villiers Ignores Virat Kohli, Babar Azam As He Picks Leading Run-Getter For ICC World Cup 2023

Saikrishna Vaitla is an author at Cricketaddictor has been working since September 2022.