SA v IND 2018: South Africa bring in AB de Villiers for the fourth ODI against India

AB de Villiers was declared fit for the 'pink' ODI tomorrow.

AB de Villiers missed the first three games due to injury

The fourth ODI between South Africa and India will be played in Johannesburg tomorrow and South Africa has some good news. They will be receiving the services from AB de Villiers, who was declared fit for the ‘pink’ ODI on Saturday.

De Villiers was included into the 15-man squad for the final three ODIs after he missed the first three due to injury.

"AB is AB. Apart from what he brings on the field; it's what he brings off the field. He brings that calmness, he brings that experience. To have a world-class player come back and play for South Africa is a special, special occasion," Chris Morris said in pre-game press conference.

De Villiers was seen practicing in the nets and showed no discomfort signs. South Africa needs to win the three remaining matches to continue their unbeaten run at home against India.

"It's a special moment for me as I quite enjoy sharing the field with him. It's a special occasion every time I walk on to the field with AB because to me he is - if not the best - one of the best players in the world and one of the best players to play for South Africa ever. But to the team, he brings so much more than runs, he brings AB de Villiers. The AB de Villiers factor, let's put it that way," he added.

South Africa missed the services of big players like De Villiers (missed first three), Faf Du Plessis (missed second and third) and Quinton de Kock (missed third). Du Plessis and De Kock have been ruled out of the entire ODI series and T20I series as well.

"Look AB has always got inputs, doesn't matter if it's spin, seam, behind the back. It doesn't matter what inputs he's got, it's always good. I'm sure AB will have a few pointers for the guys on how to handle spin and how to play spin, maybe a few different attacking options but like I said, it doesn't matter what advice because he's got advice for everything and it's always solid. When AB talks, you listen because it's always helpful," Morris said.


By Jatin Sharma - 09 Feb, 2018

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