Yuvraj Singh was full of support for AB deVilliers, who recently broke silence, speaking on his retirement and the controversy that followed. After deVilliers took to Instagram to tell everyone what went through when he announced his retirement and about his willingness to rejoin the team for World Cup, Yuvraj Singh backed the South African.
Yuvraj suggested that there was no chance for South Africa to win the World Cup without deVilliers and not having him in the squad is his team’s loss more than his.
“My dear friend and legend , you’re one of the nicest guys I’ve ever played cricket with. An absolute gem of a person. There was never a chance for S A in this World Cup to win without you ! It is your country’s loss no to have you in the squad not yours . The bigger the player more the criticism! We all know what a gentleman you are . #respect,” Yuvraj’s comment on AB devilliers’s instagram post read.
This should have come as a huge boost for the former South African captain after the recent criticism that he had to face since the messages of him wanting to return to the South African team were revealed.
South Africa had a forgettable World Cup campaign. They finished seventh in the table with seven points. Many had suggested before the World Cup began that this was the weakest looking South African team since their return to international cricket in 1992. Though they weren’t among the best teams in the World Cup, they had come out of the World Cup on a high after beating Australia and denying them the top position in the league table. The South African team though, had defintely missed a batsman of AB deVilliers quality and his precence would have helped them.
Indian captain, Virat Kohli, was also among those who backed the South African.