Published: Sun, June 09, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Yusuf Pathan confident of India doing well in World Cup

Yusuf Pathan confident of India doing well in World Cup

Ever since the report that former South Africa worldwide AB de Villiers was not taken back even into the country's World Cup squad after he made an offer has gone viral, the cricketing world has gone wild.

Hoping to put an end to the controversy, AB de Villiers tweeted on Thursday, expressing his support for the South African team.

"I was keen to play in the World Cup, but I left, I retired", said De Villiers.

Accordingly, he requested the South African captain Faf du plessis, head coach Ottis Gibson and covenor of selectors Linda Zondi to reverse his retirement and be a part of the squad for the World Cup 2019 tournament. Primarily, de Villiers had retired in May 2018, exactly a year before the World Cup was scheduled. It wasn't possible for the selection commute to ignore the players who had put in hard work for this mega tournament.

India's opening game in the ongoing World Cup saw former skipper, MS Dhoni, once again profess his love for the security forces after he was spotted with regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicket-keeping gloves. He tells us that even if we go for five or 10 runs extra, it's not an issue as long as we're getting wickets.

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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and quite surprisingly chose to bat first.

South Africa's Tabraiz Shamsi, third right, congratulates India's Rohit Sharma, second right, on their their win in the Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and India at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton, England, Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

Bumrah's masterful two for 35 heaped yet more misery on injury-hit South Africa, who mustered just 227 for nine to open a World Cup with three straight losses for the first time. "The decision was based on principle; we had to be fair to the team, the selection panel, our franchise system and players", Zondi said.

However, to everyone's disbelief, Indian team's media manager informed the waiting journalists that since Chahar and Avesh are going back on Tuesday (Khaleel is staying back), it was felt that they should get an opportunity to interact with the media. However, de Villiers instead choose play in the Pakistan and Bangladesh Premier Leagues.

Around the same time, in May this year, speaking to Live Mint, de Villiers had also compared the IPL and the World Cup, saying the IPL was the better tournament.

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