AB de Villiers was in South Africa wishlist to play the T20 World Cup, reveals skipper Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock, South Africa’s captain in limited-overs cricket, has revealed that AB de Villiers’ name was in the wishlist of the national team for the now-postponed ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia. De Villiers, who is one of the greatest batsmen of modern-day cricket, bid farewell to international cricket in 2018 after playing…

AB de Villiers was in South Africa wishlist to play the T20 World Cup, reveals skipper Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock, South Africa’s captain in limited-overs cricket, has revealed that AB de Villiers’ name was in the wishlist of the national team for the now-postponed ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia.

De Villiers, who is one of the greatest batsmen of modern-day cricket, bid farewell to international cricket in 2018 after playing 114 Tests, 228 ODIs, and 78 T20Is for South Africa. However, reports were there that De Villiers will come out of retirement to feature in the 2020 T20 World Cup.

The talks about Mr 360 making an international return increased after the former Proteas skipper expressed his desire to make a comeback ahead of the 2019 ODI World Cup in England.

‘Any team would have loved to have De Villiers in their team’

Speaking on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’, De Kock said de Villiers was ‘definitely in the line’ for a place in the South African squad if the T20 World Cup had taken place this year.

“He was definitely in line. If fit, I would have loved to have AB de Villiers. I think any team would have loved to have AB de Villiers in their team. While we were pushing for him, now we will have to see when the T20 World Cup is going to happen now,” QDK said during the show.

The Proteas captain further said he is satisfied with his captaincy in T20Is and ODIs, and he was never keen to lead the team in all three formats.

“I think it is to much work, to be honest. I have to be the wicketkeeper, go up in the batting order. Captaining all three formats, in general, takes its toll. I don’t think I am the guy who can lead all three teams. I think I am pretty happy with T20s and ODIs.”

Noteworthy, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced the ICC to postpone this year’s T20 World Cup to 2021.

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KL Rahul describes the learnings he got from captains MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma

KL Rahul, since making his debut in the 2014 Melbourne Test, has turned out to be a star of Indian cricket. Moreover, the dashing batsman has been given the keeping duties in white-ball cricket. Rahul has now got the opportunity to lead Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), with Ravichandran Ashwin…

KL Rahul describes the learnings he got from captains MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma

KL Rahul, since making his debut in the 2014 Melbourne Test, has turned out to be a star of Indian cricket.

Moreover, the dashing batsman has been given the keeping duties in white-ball cricket. Rahul has now got the opportunity to lead Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), with Ravichandran Ashwin making a move to the Delhi Capitals (DC).

The Karnataka stalwart is one of the few fortunate ones to play under three top-notch captains, namely MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma. The cricketing fraternity has often scrutinized about the trios styles of captaincy.

During a recent interaction, Rahul was quizzed about the learnings from the three giants of the game. To which, Rahul has listed out Dhoni’s composure, Virat’s passion and Rohit’s ability to back and trust his players as massive learnings.

“Dhoni’s calmness and belief showed in backing players who had the potential to be matchwinners. Virat’s passion in the way he leads, the way he wants the boys to be better and better. Rohit always plays with passion and backs players,” Rahul told Indian Express.

Rahul on leading KXIP in IPL 2020

The 2020 edition of the IPL will be the first time when fans will witness Rahul’s leadership abilities while captaining the KXIP side.

“I always played the game thinking as if I’m the captain. At the ground, I always think of what I would have done in a particular situation. Whom I would have bowled in a situation? I was always proactive in my head and it’s just an extension of that,” the KXIP skipper reckoned.

“I know it will be harder than I think. I am not going in with any expectations like I have played cricket so many years. I will get on the field and try to make decisions at the moment. You can’t plan too much because it could be confusing,” Rahul concluded.

The Mohali-based franchise would hope that helps them in the change of fortunes. The Preity Zinta co-owned team is yet to clinch their maiden IPL title.

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