IPL form would be crucial to my comeback bid: AB

Tanya Simon
January 17, 2020

"I am sure that he would be someone who would love to do it for South Africa".

"I've been talking to "Bouch", [former captain and new director of cricket] Graeme Smith and [current captain] Faf [du Plessis] back home, we're all keen to make it happen", de Villiers said after making his BBL debut for the Heat on Tuesday. His form in the ongoing Big Bash League and IPL 2020 will play a major role in deciding if he makes a comeback.

"So I'm thinking of putting my name on the hat and hoping everything goes well".

In fact, de Villiers, who retired from global cricket in the year 2018, recently made a statement that he wants to return to the national team.

Before the 2019 World Cup, De Villiers did try to return to the team, but the nation's cricketing body rejected his offer and preferred to stay with their pre-decided squad.

"In an ideal world we would like to try and make sure that we can play our best 11, 12, 13 players for a few games or series together leading up to the T20 World Cup", du Plessis said.

But with de Villiers showing that he's still got it, he is confident and also happy to see South Africa's cricket heading in the right direction under Kallis, Boucher and co.

"It's not a guarantee, once again".

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"There's a lot that needs to happen before that becomes reality", he told cricket.com.au after hitting 40 from 32 balls on his Big Bash League debut for Brisbane Heat against Adelaide Strikers on Tuesday.

De Villiers proved he is far from a spent force in T20 arena after producing an impeccable innings in front of 19,681 at the Gabba. "So it's much easier to communicate than what it used to be in the past", he said.

"There are a lot of players (involved with CSA) who I used to play with".

The South African team recently appointed De Villiers' teammates Mark Boucher as head coach.

Du Plessis added to that narrative when he said, "We spoke about it, and I was very keen to have him back". "Those conversations have been happening for two or three months already".

South Africa last played a T20I series against India. "I always felt comfortable and saw the ball nicely, felt good on the bat, but between him and Gilly [Adam Gilchrist] behind the stumps, it was really intimidating for a 22-year-old to find his feet". Even after he retired, he kept entertaining his fans by featuring in various T20 tournaments around the world.

But first he will play the final five regular season games and a potential BBL finals series in what could be a flawless preparation for October's World Cup.

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