South Africa rejected AB De Villiers offer to play in World Cup

Friday, 07 Jun, 2019

"All that's important is that we should all focus on supporting the team at the World Cup".

For those still unfamiliar with the tournament set-up, all 10 teams play each other once, meaning we still have six games to go. "We need to maintain respect for that". Hardik Pandya thus has some unfinished business in England and he could be an x-factor for the Men in Blue.

There is certainly no quick fix, because our problems stretch across all three departments. But he has come back and let his game do the talking ever since. Also giving away his wicket to Bumrah was Quinton de Kock.

"We will follow the team".

"I'm glad it is going on and I'm feeling excited, anticipation and a bit of nerves as well which is always good for any sportsman to have, so it's pretty similar to the past".

As the Proteas reel from a hat-trick of losses at the World Cup, an explosive report that claims AB de Villiers was willing to come out of retirement for one final crack at the elusive trophy has been confirmed.

Meanwhile, AB de Villiers stunned one and sundry announcing his retirement in May 2018.

However, his recent exploits with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, in which he scored 442 runs at 44.20 for Royal Challengers Bangalore gave another glimpse of his genius and there were also calls made to include him in South Africa's World Cup squad.

While the news has seen widespread reaction from cricket fans across the world, de Villiers has asked all to show solidarity and support the team as it plays the World Cup.

We all joked about whether or not he would try his hand at the last moment, but I never thought he'd have the cheek.

"I was keen to play in the World Cup, but I left, I retired", said De Villiers.

India skipper Virat Kohli says he has learnt to deal with aspirations of a cricket-mad country but making right decisions consistently on a cricket field is a gradual process. The decision was based on principle; we had to be fair to the team, the selection panel, our franchise system and players. It's that picking and choosing thing again, and it's quite arrogant to do something like that. "We do not take anyone lightly, whether a few key players get injured or not". So whether you want to place a wager on Joe Root to be England's top Batsman in the match, or even on Jonny Bairstow to score a 50 when it's his turn to bat, you can find competitive live odds for your bet at William Hill.

Being consistently outbowled, outbatted and outfielded doesn't mean we choked, it just means we were beaten by a better team.

It is understood that there were two main reasons behind the team management and selectors' decision.

Dale Steyn has taken hold from the tournament because of a shoulder injury which made him suffer at the time of Indian Premier League this year.