Such used to be his pressure to get the coveted prize that he selected to skip maximum Checks in 2017 to center of attention only on white-ball cricket within the lead as much as the ICC Cricket International Cup 2019.
De Villers, 34, returned to play all 3 codecs of the sport in 2018 and had a a success Take a look at sequence towards Australia at house, the place he scored 4 fifties and a century in South Africa’s 3-1 victory.
It now turns out the International Cup has moved down on his bucket listing.
Talking to the media on Monday, De Villiers mentioned that profitable the trophy used to be no longer his final dream anymore.
“I am taking it one sport at a time,” he mentioned, as quoted by means of the ICC website online.
“My final dream isn’t to win a International Cup. I have modified my mindset. I think it’ll be great to win it, it’s going to be an advantage, but when I do not, it is not going to outline my profession.
“I have dedicated to all 3 codecs final season and I beloved each and every 2nd of it. I’m going to take it one sport at a time from right here on.”
De Villiers has been part of 3 International Cup squads – 2007, 2011 and 2015 – however the closest he got here to the trophy used to be in 2015 when he led South Africa to the semi-finals, handiest to move down by means of 4 wickets in a humdinger towards New Zealand.
He used to be on the helm once more throughout the ICC Champions Trophy in June 2017, the place South Africa may no longer make it previous the crowd level.
De Villiers relinquished captaincy in August, turning in the reins to Faf du Plessis, who has since been main the aspect in all 3 codecs.
“I’ve identified Faf for a few years. He used to be captain of the main college once I performed with him,” mentioned De Villiers.
“He has at all times been a just right chief and I see numerous just right years coming from Faf. He has already achieved improbable issues and I’m seeing extra to return.”