Cricket South Africa missed a certain figure by the name of AB De Villiars in their first test against Sri Lanka at Galle where they had to face a heavy defeat of 278 runs. The inabilty to counter spin has always been a problem with the Proteas & the unavailability of recently retired Devilliars has made batting look difficult all together for the South Africans. ABD was one of those rare batsman in world cricket who had the mantle to take on all sorts of bowlers with an attacking approach. Without Devilliars that flair is no longer present in the dressing room or on the field & will stay so for at least for a certain period of time.
But cricket fans all over the world – particularly South Africa now have a glimmer of hope when CSA’s newly appointed CEO Thabang Moroe quite recently indicated that De Villiars may consider a consultancy role for South Africa in the near future.
Moroe, spoke to De Villiers "two days after his retirement" to understand whether the batsman would like to move towards a coaching role and was delighted by what he heard. "He has indicated it would be something he is keen on. But we need to talk about the scale" Moroe said at a press conference following his appointment. "AB has just retired with the notion of him wanting to spend more time with family. If I am going to put him in the development or pipeline structures and he ends up spending more time away than when he was in the national team, it is obviously not going to work for him."
De Villiers announced his retirement from international cricket on 23rd May 2018 which came as a shock to cricket lovers all around the globe. Known for his one of a kind batting ability, memorable knocks over the years, and athleticism on the field ABD is the perfect example of a complete cricketer across all three formats of the game.
Having a consultant or a mentor for a crucial series who has scored over 8500 runs in test cricket with 22 hundreds and 45 fifties would inspire many young South African cricketers to learn & achieve greatness from one of crickets greatest.
South Africa currently have a support staff that includes Dale Benkenstein, who is the batting coach. Previously, Neil McKenzie had worked as batting consultant.
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