Former South African Test and one-day international cricketer Jonty Rhodes said that AB de Villiers wanted to leave from Test cricket earlier but was persuaded by Cricket South Africa (CSA) to stay till 2016
Jonty is currently in India for a period with Tamil Nadu Premier League franchise Ruby Trichy Warriors as a mentor. He has always been frank about his vision on South African cricket. However, he shares a pleasant with De Villiers.
Talking to Cricbuzz, Jonty said “I think he wanted to retire a while back from Test cricket, but Cricket South Africa persuaded him to stay on. Before 2016, he was talking to people about his Test future. In South Africa, people are critical because they don’t see the IPL mechanism.”
Jonty said that South Africa cricket fans do not recognize the concept of IPL. “They think cricketers are trying to make as much money as possible and it’s often at the expense of national call-ups.”
Explained about playing against India, Jonty said “When we used to play against India, Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh were outstanding and Harbhajan Singh was probably the third best. Dhoni and Virat Kohli are physically strong. Fitness has certainly improved and so is the athletic ability.”
Comparing Virat Kohli with De Villiers and Rohit Sharma, he said “I have only seen skipper Kohli as part of Mumbai Indian’s coach on a couple of occasions. Rohit looks like a laid back guy. But he is like a duck on the water. All you see is the duck above.” He added, “From a captaincy perspective, de Villiers is just another nice guy. He hasn’t done anything different.”
He concluded talking about great fielding abilities, “Peter Kirsten. We didn’t have any televised international cricket when I was at school during the apartheid era.”