Regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, today is the birthday of South African cricketing icon AB de Villiers. The veteran has just turned 36 today, and his social media community is flooding in felicitations and heartwarming wishes, from his fans to fellow cricketers. One of the best wishes comes straight from his cherished partner on the 22 yards, none other than Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate and Team India skipper Virat Kohli.
Today morning on his official Twitter handle, Virat Kohli poured his affection over De Villiers, birthday, biding well on the happiness and health of his highly cherished ‘brother’ and his family. The Indian captain wrote: “Happy bday brother. Wish you all the happiness and good health and lots of love to the family. See you soon 💪😃@ABdeVilliers17″
Happy bday brother. Wish you all the happiness and good health and lots of love to the family. See you soon 💪😃@ABdeVilliers17Advertisement
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 17, 2020
Named three times as ICC ODI Player of the Year in his decorated career, De Villiers made his international Test debut against England in 2004, and a year later made his ODI debut. He has made 114 Test and 228 ODI appearances.
The destructive batsman wicket keeper also enjoyed a stellar T20 career, earning 78 caps for the Proteas. After two Indian Premier League seasons with Delhi Daredevils, he joined Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011, teaming up with Virat Kohli, and has been a fundamental player for the team ever since.
De Villiers’s IPL franchise also followed with a heartfelt birthday wish on Twitter. The club’s official handle tweeted: “Wishing @ABdeVilliers17 a very happy birthday! We loved you then, we love you still. Always have, always will. #PlayBold #NewDecadeNewRCB”
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) February 16, 2020
Two years following his retirement, there are speculations going on for a possible come back of De Villiers for the international squad before this year’s T20 World Cup. The former skipper himself expressed his desire to return to the international stage in an interview last year.
While there has been no confirmation from the selectors yet, the Proteas head coach Mark Boucher has signalled positive on the topic.
“If AB is in good form and he is raring to go and he makes himself available for the time we have asked him to be available; if he is the best man for the job, then he must go. It’s not about egos or anything like that, it’s about sending your best team to the World Cup to try and win that competition,” Boucher told ESPNcricinfo.