South African player AB de Villiers shocked his fans around the world after hanging his boots last year following the conclusion of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. However, AB has not yet given up on his dream of playing the World Cup again and said he might be a part of the tournament in 2023 if he is 'still good enough.' In an interview with Gaurav Kapur on his Youtube show 'Breakfast with Champions,' AB was asked if he would still hang around till the 2023 World Cup and play the tournament for his country.
In the interview, He said, "How old will I be (in 2023)? 39! I'll come back if MS (Dhoni) is still around (laughs). If I'm still good enough, who knows eh?" AB said.
While the South African is currently 35, Dhoni is 37 and the upcoming World Cup is expected to be his final appearance in the showpiece event.
"So I got quite a lot of criticism from back home which also played a role in me retiring. And it was difficult for me to then go: 'Hey, but I'll still play the World Cup'. You know, it's the picking and choosing thing again. And it's quite arrogant to do something like that. But as they say, you can't have your bread buttered on both sides," added AB.