The man who introduced the concept of hitting the ball in all the directions with finesse in a single innings often known as “Mr 360”.
The man who is admired by cricket fans all over the world for his sheer brilliance with the bat and played an instrumental knock for South Africa in the crunch moments of the game will not be making his return to international cricket.
The man is none other than Abraham Benjamin De Villiers who was talked highly in the media after his performance in the recently postponed season of IPL that he will be making a comeback to International cricket especially in T20 format for South Africa ahead of the T20 World Cup 2021.
Cricket South Africa clarified in their statement that De Villiers is not part of their plan and there is no such communication or willingness from his end to mark a comeback in the national side.
The statement from CSA holds true in the sense that the national board recently announced the Proteas team for the tour of West Indies and Ireland and De Villier’s name was missing from the list.
“Discussions with AB de Villiers have concluded with the batsman deciding once and for all, that his retirement will remain final,” CSA said in its statement according to journalist Saj Sadiq.
Villiers was in sublime in recently suspended IPL 2021 where he amassed 207 runs in six innings at an average of 51.75 with an amazing strike rate of 164.29 while also hitting 16 fours and 10 humongous sixes. Also, Du Plessis who has been in good form with the bat in IPL 2021 was also not kept in the team for the upcoming tour.