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South Africa Turning Down AB de Villiers' Offer to Join World Cup is Now a Desi Meme

AB de Villiers' offer of making a last-minute entry to the South African squad for the 2019 World Cup was rejected by the South Africa team management.

Anurag Verma | News18.com

Updated:June 6, 2019, 4:30 PM IST
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South Africa Turning Down AB de Villiers' Offer to Join World Cup is Now a Desi Meme
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Going by how South Africa has been performing poorly in the ongoing Cricket World Cup, AB de Villiers would have been an invaluable addition to the Proteas squad, to put it mildly.

And nobody missed the 35-year-old former cricketer more than when South Africa failed to chase Bangladesh's target of 331, losing the contest by a mere 21 runs at The Oval, London on Sunday.

But a recent revelation that AB could have been a part of the South Africa XI has left star batsman's fans in a state of shock.

According to a report published in ESPNcricinfo, AB de Villiers' offer of making a last-minute entry to the South African squad for the 2019 World Cup was rejected by the South Africa team management.

His request was 'not even considered' as AB hadn't played any cricket; domestic or international, since his retirement announcement in 2018. Also, it'd have been unfair to the other players, who had been consistently performing for the team, the report added.

That he could have potentially been a member of the travelling South African team created a huge buzz on Twitter.

And now, the man himself has responded to his apparent proposal rejection on the microblogging site.

"All that’s important is that we should all focus on supporting the team at the World Cup. There is a long way to go and I believe the boys can still go all the way," AB wrote on his Twitter page.

Earlier, Twitter had expressed a lot of emotions upon learning AB's World Cup snub.

Several had come out to remind the player of his own words he spoke in a video announcing his retirement on Twitter.

But guess what? Amidst the shocking revelation and disappointment that has spread like wildfire on social media, cricket fans in India have somehow found humour in the ongoing saga.

Last year, in a video posted on Twitter, the South African ace had announced his decision wherein he said he was ‘tired’ and believed it was time to step down.

“I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect. It is time for others to take over. I have had my turn and to be honest I am tired. For me, in green and gold, it must be everything or nothing. I will always be grateful to my teammates, the coaches and the staff of Cricket South Africa for their support through all these years," he said.

Adding that he was out of gas and ready to move on, he said, "It is not about earning more somewhere else, it is about running out of gas and feeling it is time to move on. Everything comes to an end and to cricket fans in South Africa and around the world, thank you very much for your kindness, generosity and your understanding,” he said in the video."

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