South Africa spinner Tabraiz Shamsi believes AB de Villiers can walk into any team but his return to the national team will depend on where the wicketkeeper-batsman stands mentally.
AB de Villiers. (Reuters Photo)
- Tabraiz Shamsi said AB de Villiers can walk into any team
- AB de Villiers retired from international cricket in 2018
- Ab de Villiers was in fine form for RCB in IPL 2021
South Africa left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi opened on the possibility of Ab de Villiers’ comeback to international cricket, saying the Royal Challengers Bangalore star is a world-class cricketer and a player of his stature is hard to ignore.
Earlier last month, de Villiers had also reiterated that he is open to coming out of retirement and playing for South Africa in the lead up to the T20 World Cup if there is space for him in the senior national team.
“AB is a world-class player and he can walk into any team and that’s how good he is, it doesn’t matter whether it’s England or Australia or South Africa. I don’t know what AB’s situation is, it all depends on how he feels and how the coach feels and the selectors too. But, let’s be honest, a player like that is hard to ignore,” Tabraiz Shamsi told Cricket Pakistan.
AB de Villiers continues to leave the cricket fraternity awestruck with his ability to dominate world-class bowling line-ups despite not playing international cricket since 2018. de Villiers did not feature in a single competitive match after IPL 2020 but the South African star got going straight away in the new season in Chennai.
Former South Africa captain scored 207 runs from seven IPL 2021 matches including three half-centuries. Even last month, Boucher said he had a word with de Villiers before IPL 2021 and that South Africa is open to the possibility of the former cricketer returning to the national fold. De Villiers made a surprise retirement announcement in 2018.
There was speculation about the superstar batsman returning to the 2019 World Cup team. Former captain Faf du Plessis also revealed that de Villiers had called him a day before the selection meeting but the team management decided it was too late to entertain the possibility.
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