‘AB de Villiers' offer came in too late’: Faf du Plessis

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Meanwhile, Proteas' skipper Faf du Plessis who is a good buddy of AB de Villiers opened up the phone call talks of him just before the team for World Cup was announced.

India then beat South Africa by six wickets, and captain Faf Du Plessis' side have also been ravaged by injury, with Dale Steyn out of the whole tournament and Lungi Ngidi nursing a hamstring strain.

The revelation last week that the star batsman made a last-minute offer to come out of worldwide retirement reportedly unsettled a team that had already lost its first three games.

De Villiers called curtains on his worldwide career in May 2018 but further continued to play for different franchises in the Twenty20 (T20) leagues all around the world.

"He (de Villiers) didn't come to me".

AB de Villiers' unexpected worldwide retirement came as a deep shock to many and what came as another shock was when he reversed his decision to play for his national team again. "It was just a "this is what I'm feeling" (phone call). I spoke to the coach and selectors the next day, and we all agreed it was too late to change the team". He played 228 one-day internationals for South Africa, scoring 25 centuries and amassing nearly 9,577 runs at an average of 53.50.

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ESPN Cricinfo had claimed that de Villiers approached du Plessis, head coach Ottis Gibson and convenor of selectors Linda Zondi, expressing his desire to come out of global retirement, but the offer was not entertained by the trio.

Du Plessis insisted that the furore surrounding de Villiers' proposed return from worldwide retirement has not been a factor in the team's disjointed display in the World Cup so far and instead he believes it could be the "sort of issue that draws the squad closer together". It didn't have a huge impact, " he said. "There was clarity. Then it was moving on".

The squad took the news in its stride last week, du Plessis said, and just made a decision to get on with things. "The team was happy to get on with business".

South Africa have never faced Afghanistan in an ODI before and must win to keep alive their slender hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals. "But it is stuff like that generally you feel like it can make you, give you direction in your team and give you objective to focus on what lies ahead".

"If we can get our performance sorted out, our skills, our confidence back up where it needs to be and you can start getting on a roll of two or three games, you can only really look at those things when it comes to the last week of the tournament, " du Plessis said.

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