Hyderabad: South African cricketer AB de Villiers said the loss in the 2015 World Cup semifinal match against New Zealand has had a huge impact on his career and also on his personal life. The veteran cricketer, speaking to Harsha Bhogle on the Cricbuzz in Conversation, revealed that the loss has hurt him the most and it affected the way he saw the game.
South Africa were in good form in the World Cup and came close to winning it. “It played a huge role, the loss. It was very difficult for the next 12 months for me. It hurt too much and I am quite sensitive and that kind of has played a huge role. It was difficult to go to the teammates and being preparing again. May be I should have been more honest about it and communicated about it with team coach or management. I felt I was alone at that time. I should have opened up discuss my way forward and shared my emotions. That wore me down. I tried to dodge the bullet and continue my career. But it was a difficult time.”
When asked about he feels incomplete without winning a World Cup in career, the Proteas added, “It is certainly something that I would have liked to achieve. We came so close and played so well in the tournament. I am proud of our performance in that edition (2015). But after having watched the last World Cup between New Zealand and England, I understood that it is certainly fickle. It is not straight forward that the best team will win. Even if you are the best, it certainly needs many other factors. It was just New Zealand’s game it was done and dusted,” he said.
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