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AB de Villiers was definitely in line for T20I return: Quinton de Kock

29 Jul, 2020
AB de Villiers was definitely in line for T20I return: Quinton de Kock
29 Jul, 2020 By Editor

On 23 May 2018, AB De Villiers left everyone in shock as he announced his retirement from all forms of International cricket. He stepped away from cricket to spend more time with his family. The 36-year-old had an exuberant and vivacious career consisting of 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is where he amassed over 20,000 runs including 47 centuries and 109 half-centuries. 

During Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’, South African captain Quinton De Kock said de Villiers was “definitely in the line” for a spot in the South African team, if the T20 World Cup had taken place this year.

AB de Villiers’ last 4 years in T20I Cricket

Year Matches Runs Average SR 50s
2014 6 140 28.00 157.30 1
2015 6 160 26.67 130.08 1
2016 8 201 28.71 182.73 2
2017 7 304 50.67 152.00 2

The former South African captain is widely known for his unorthodox style of batting. At the age of 36, ABD is still one of the fittest cricketers. No one can doubt his abilities and always gives a hundred percent every time he steps out on the cricket field. De Kock feels having AB in the team will always be a value addition in terms of the experience and camaraderie he brings, which will make the team function better. 

“He was definitely in line. If fit, I would have loved to have AB de Villiers. I think any team would have loved to have AB de Villiers in their team. While we were pushing for him, now we will have to see when the T20 World Cup is going to happen now," the South African captain said.

AB de Villiers in the last 4 seasons of IPL

Year Matches Runs Average SR 50s
2016 16 687 52.84 168.79 6
2017 9 216 27.00 132.51 1
2018 12 480 53.33 174.54 6
2019 13 442 44.20 154.00 5

There have been rumours and speculation about Mr 360's return to International cricket for some time now. During the run-up to the 2019 ICC World Cup, the latter expressed his desire to don the Protea colours again, but CSA didn't consider the possibility.