What is happening? Morne Morkel retires, Virat Kohli gets injured and now ABD announces his retirement from international cricket! Very few cricketers have made such an impact not only on people of their own country, but the whole world. Not only through their sporting ability, but also through their acts as human beings. I personally started thinking of AB as my joint favourite cricketer after I read his autobiography(which I regard as one of the best books ever written).
One question that is on everyone’s minds – Should AB have waited until after the 2019 World Cup? The retirement was long overdue but should it have come after he had one possible World Cup victory under his belt? Depends on whether he thought South Africa could win the World Cup next year. But then again, he was the one who others looked upto and he was the one who brought hope into the South African setup.
Cricket is a really unfair game. ABD should have gotten the World Cup victory that the game owes him. Same with Jacques Kallis. Think of it this way – Lionel Messi never winning a World Cup. AB has brought as much to the table as Messi has, and both of them deserved to win the major tournament for their country. While the latter still has a chance, the former won’t get the chance now.
Let’s think about the South African setup now. Without Morne Morkel, without ABD, do they have a realistic chance? Soon, JP Duminy, Faf Du Plessis and Hashim Amla will also be gone. Who would lead the team through that transition period? I won’t be surprised if 2020 South Africa is not a very strong team.
Just to make it clear, ABD will still be playing T20 Leagues around the world. So for all you RCB fans, you can take a sigh of relief. We all wanted ABD to stick around for some more time, but for now, let’s celebrate other players because we will miss them when they’re gone.
He Came, He Saw, He Conquered, And Then Left Silently.
Thank You AB De Villiers.