South Africa skipper AB de Villiers made it clear that he doesn’t have plan for quit after suffering eight wickets defeat to India at The Oval on Sunday. AB de Villiers insisted that he wants to stay on as skipper and take the Proteas to the World Cup triumph in 2019.
When he was asked to why he still wants to be the skipper, a sullen faces De Villiers replied: “Because I am a good captain!”
“I can take this team forward. I can take us to win a World Cup, I believe. And I believed the same thing over here in this tournament and the last one, that’s what I believe. I love doing it.”
De Villiers, who lost the 2015 World Cup semi-final and the 2016 World T20 in the group stage, he still harbours the dream of playing 2019 World Cup and firmly believes that the Proteas can win it.
“I must be very honest with you. Not a lot of people believe me but I feel it is pretty close (World Cup triumph). I don’t think it feels far away. It is very difficult to say that after a performance like this, but that’s what I believe in my heart,” he said.
“I believe we are very close as a unit. There is more than enough talent, and we have just got to get it right when it matters most,” an optimistic De Villiers said.
De Villers temporarily quit Test captaincy in 2016 and will not play in the four-match series against England later this summer.
But De Villiers’ body language lacked conviction something that has also been apparent in his game which has given such immense joy to fans across the globe.
“We have tried quite a few things, camps and psychologists, whatever you want to call it. There has been quite a few game plans around that. In my mind, that was not the problem. It was not a mental thing. We just did not play well,” the 33-year-old batsman reasoned.