Former South African captain, Graeme Smith, in his column for The Independent, penned down that if AB de Villiers resigns as the captain of the current ODI team, he can relieve himself off additional pressure and thus concentrate on his batting thoroughly for the World Cup 2019, which is less than 2 years away.
The team, under de Villiers’ captaincy, has come under the scanner for losing back to back series. They lost to England in England, and then underperformed in the Champions Trophy where they could not go beyond the horizon of the group stages.
“AB is due to assess his future with CSA later this summer, and my advice to him would be to step away from the captaincy, and concentrate his energy in to maintaining his levels in white ball cricket for the next two years. Put simply, if that is what’s best for him and the longevity of his career, then that is what’s best for South African cricket.” wrote the 36-year-old for the Independent.
Smith also said that De Villiers has already made huge sacrifices for South African cricket, and with the next ICC World Cup less than two years away, it’s likely he is targeting a swansong to his already illustrious career. Smith said that as a batsman, AB is a gem, and to contribute in the team’s success as a good performance, he can leave aside other duties no matter what the consequences.
It is also being widely speculated that AB is considering retirement from Test cricket to save all his energy for limited overs cricket. In several interviews, the batsman has expressed his determination to win the 2019 World Cup for his country. And it will thus be interesting to see if he gives up his captaincy to realise that dream. South Africa last won an ICC tournament in 1998.
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