India captain Virat Kohli has pledged his support behind former Proteas captain AB de Villiers, claiming “it’s been unfortunate to see this happen to you”.
De Villiers broke his silence on Friday, speaking for the first time about the media storm that broke out during the Proteas’ World Cup campaign regarding his proposed comeback on the eve of the team announcement.
De Villiers, of course, retired from international cricket last year, and only plays T20 cricket around the world. The 35-year-old and Kohli are long-time teammates at Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
“My brother you are the most honest and committed man I know. It's been unfortunate to see this happen to you. But know that we stand with you and believe in you. Seing people enter your personal space has been sad to see and uncalled for,” Kohli, whose India team got knocked out of the World Cup on Wednesday, posted on social media.
De Villiers vehemently denounced reports that he was “motivated purely by money” and that “They are wrong. In truth I have turned down many lucrative offers to play around the world”.