Calls for Faf du Plessis to be appointed as captain of the ODI side grew following South Africa’s yet another horror show in an ICC event – at the Champions Trophy.
While AB de Villiers hasn’t played a Test since the beginning of the year, he will return for the series against India towards the end of this year.
AB de Villiers has stepped down as the skipper of the ODI team but will be available for selection across all formats of the game. In a video posted on his official Twitter account, de Villiers said,” “Over the past year or so, I have tried to manage many commitments. I have felt mentally and physically tired.”
Herschelle Gibbs has criticized AB de Villiers for picking and choosing when to play Test cricket. In a post on social media (Twitter), Gibbs replied to Du Plessis’ comments in an article and said, “no captain should put a player on a pedestal”.
Former South African all-rounder Lance Klusner while talking to Cricbuzz has said that AB de Villiers has still got a lot to offer to his team and no one can certainly write him off.
AB de Villiers had initially missed the series against New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka due to an operation but since then has said he is taking a sabbatical from Test cricket while maintaining focus on the shorter version of the game.
AB de Villiers has not played a Test match since January last year when South Africa hosted England. And his future in the longest format continues to remain under cloud even though he has played the shorter versions of the game since.
South Africa great Barry Richards believes AB de Villiers should give up the Proteas one-day captaincy if he decides to prolong his international career.
After a disappointing campaign in the Champions Trophy and losing the three-match T20I series against England, De Villiers said that he and Cricket South Africa are going to “make a final decision about what happens for the next few years.”
England will be playing with a balanced squad and the focus will be on the swashbuckling opening pair of Jason Roy and Alex Hales who pose a major threat in the shorter format of the game.
AB de Villiers feels that there are a few people who would love to be standing in Virat Kohli’s shoes this weekend, leading their national team into the final of Champions Trophy.
Though the choke wasn’t mentioned, an ashen-faced AB de Villiers was understandably asked to explain the umpteenth failure for South Africa in an ICC event. So were Faf du Plessis and coach Russell Domingo.
Both India and South Africa are hunting to make a place in the semi-finals of this Champions Trophy and the winner in this clash would march in the semi-final stage while the other will bow out of the tournament.
On Sunday, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers will take a new step in their relationship. They’ll walk to the middle half-hour before the match for the first time as opposing captains in an international match and hope to knock each other’s team out.
India vs South Africa Live Streaming: The encounter between India and South Africa will take place on June 11. You can catch the live telecast of the match on the Starsports network and live streaming will be available on Hotstar.