AB de Villiers names his pinnacle four teams in the World Cup
AB de Villiers, the former South Africa batsman, picked India out as one of the favorites to win the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 and known as their captain Virat Kohli “the fine ODI participant in the world”.
The former South Africa captain, who retired from international cricket remaining year and has played three World Cups which includes the 2015 event, marked India, the hosts England, the defending champions Australia and Pakistan because the favorites to win the match, but kept away from naming his former crew as one.
South Africa made the semi-final in 2015 however lost to New Zealand in a carefully-fought contest that went to the final over. They additionally made the semi-final in 2007 and 1999 but have not but made it to a final.
“The World Cup is a difficult tournament. I have performed in 3 of them and it’s by no means easy. You always experience like you’ve were given a great squad, however as soon as the tournament starts offevolved you right away remember that there are lots of groups which might be there to win it and have the ability to accomplish that,” de Villiers advised Sport24.
“I do believe South Africa have a threat, as we did at some other World Cup, due to the fact we’re an international-magnificence group with masses of suit-winners. The Proteas are simply in the running, but I received’t say they’re the favorites to be honest with you.
“India and England are searching robust, Australia has received 5 World Cups within the beyond and Pakistan claimed the Champions Trophy in the UK years ago. Those 4 teams are probably the favorites.”
With India one of the strong contenders to win the name, retaining their captain Virat Kohli in check can be a headache for maximum groups and de Villiers believes that Kohli’s performances of latest times, that have propelled him to No.1 in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen, aren’t going to stop any time soon.
“Virat’s performances during the last while had been amazing and I can’t see it stopping very soon,” de Villiers said. “I have played with him for 8 years now within the IPL and you could never take the elegance out of the man.
“However, he is human in any case and, like another cricketer, he’ll go through patches every so often where he has to move returned to the fundamentals and work his manner via it again. I consider it’s his persona and mental power that gets him thru those moments and makes him the nice ODI player within the international at the moment.
“I see plenty of similarities between myself and Virat. We are both opponents and don’t enjoy losing, we adore batting together and taking the game away from teams.”
Kohli and de Villiers will play collectively for Royal Challengers Bangalore within the IPL, which begins on 23 March. The World Cup begins in England and Wales on 30 May and will conclude with the title conflict at Lord’s on 14 July.