AB: 'No regrets' over Proteas retirement

2019-03-15 09:28
AB de Villiers (Getty)

Cape Town - Former Proteas captain AB de Villiers insists that he has no regrets over his decision to retire from international cricket. 

That decision, made in May last year, came as a huge shock to the South African cricket community, especially with the 2019 World Cup in mind. 

Even after De Villiers' retirement, there were many who felt that he would make himself available for the Proteas before the World Cup in May. 

But, in an exclusive interview with Sport24 on Friday, De Villiers reiterated that he was comfortable with his decision.

"I have no regrets. I understand there were some emotions from the public when I retired, but ultimately I had to be true to myself and what I felt 10 months back," he said.

"It was time to move on. I respect everyone’s opinions and emotions. Some said I should have gone on for longer, whereas others understood where I was coming from.

"You can’t keep everyone happy and it’s part of life I guess. But one thing is for sure, I’m happy and confident that I made the right decision.

"I have enjoyed sitting on the side and have chatted to some of the players after the game and still feel involved. It’s great to see that the boys are doing well and, from my side, there are no hard feelings.

"I’m just enjoying life at the moment and happy that I have the opportunity to still wield the willow.

"I’m not 100% sure what the guys feel on the other side - the coach, the captain and the team. However, I’m pretty sure that they respect my decision and they have moved on really well."

De Villiers added that he would be watching the developments at the World Cup with keen interest.

"I can’t wait to watch the boys go to England and win the World Cup," he said.

"I will be the biggest supporter of the gents while they play and hopefully they will lift the coveted trophy.

"I am proud and absolutely impressed with the way in which the Proteas have become a more diverse team, but not surprised."

Read more on:    proteas  |  ab de ­villiers  |  cricket


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Tuesday, 17 December 2019
South Africa XI v England XI, , Benoni 10:00
Friday, 20 December 2019
South Africa A v England XI, , Benoni 10:00
Thursday, 26 December 2019
South Africa v England, Centurion 10:00

Following the Proteas' dire tour of India, how will their 4-Test series against England pan out?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.