Ouch … how AB will be missed at CWC '19

2018-05-24 18:14
AB de Villiers (Gallo)

Cape Town - Big-event player? Oh, you bet.

AB de Villiers's record in three World Cups is the stuff that would have sent a shiver down the spines of most opponents of South Africa at next year's World Cup in England and Wales.

Would have, would have ...

As we now know, the globally feted, scorching stroke-player quit all forms of international cricket on Wednesday.

The most devastating aspect of that unexpected revelation, of course, was that De Villiers now misses out on what many believed would be his appropriate swansong late next May, that very CWC 2019.

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Bookies have been quick to slightly downgrade South Africa's win chances now at an event that has always been a massive bogey for them, and that's inevitable considering the array of qualities De Villiers would have brought to it.

Some wags - and even a few familiar pundits - on social media have, perhaps more in hope than expectation, speculated that the player might yet "come out of retirement" in time for a fourth personal crack at the tournament.

Naturally that seems a long shot, as things stand.

But what is much more certain, based on statistical evidence, is that De Villiers is spectacularly at home at World Cups: he has represented the Proteas in three (2007, 2011 and 2015).

His numbers specifically in that tournament only show what a void he leaves, as they are even more stellar than his general ODI ones, where he boasts 9 577 runs at 53.50 and a strike rate of 101.

In World Cups, De Villiers has amassed 1 207 runs at a dizzying 63.52 (strike rate 117).

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