AB de Villiers to Play in Upcoming IPL Seasons Despite Retirement From International Cricket
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Former South African batsman AB de Villiers has confirmed that he will continue playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) despite his retirement from the international cricket. Besides it de Villiers has also said that he will play for his domestic franchise Titans as well. "I will keep on playing IPL for a few years, and I would like to play for the Titans, and help some of the youngsters. But there are no set plans. I haven't been able to say that for a long time," de Villiers told iol.co.za. De Villiers plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) under Virat Kohli in the IPL.

"There are some offers on the table from around the world, but it will be nice to wake up and wonder what to do; to be normal. For a long time, the World Cup was a massive goal," de Villiers said.

"But, in the last few years, I have realised that it isn't realistic to measure yourself purely on what you achieve in that tournament. That will not be the be-all and end-all of my career,” he added.

Interestingly, when de Villiers shocked everyone with his retirement the batsman said he had no plans of playing in the overseas leagues. However, the South Africans seems to have changed his mind.

Meanwhile, de Villiers has also said that he would have loved to win the World Cup. "Yes, I would have loved to win it (World Cup), but I have great memories from World Cups. The 2007 tournament - my first - was very special. We fell short against Australia, when we tried to play too much cricket too soon, but that shift in mentality probably helped us to go over there and win the Test series we then won over there. Personally, I scored my first ODI century in that 2007 tournament, and I loved the whole experience of being in the Caribbean,” he said.

"The same goes for the others, in 2011 and in 2015. India has always been close to my heart, because of the passion for cricket, and then obviously 2015 was an amazing game," he further added.