AB de Villiers    Getty Images
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When it comes to modern-day cricket, AB de Villiers is the finest all-round cricketers and a crowd favourite across the globe. Fans have always had high expectation from de Villiers, be it in limited-overs series or for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL. Moving away from all that de Villiers hit the refresh button. He resigned as the Test captain of South Africa last year and recently quit as the ODI skipper. However, de Villiers has made himself available for all the 3 formats through the video he released two weeks ago on his Twitter account. De Villiers, who has been on and off the field for over a year, aspires to finish his career by lifting the 2019 World Cup with the boys.

Talking to Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz Unplugged, de Villiers enlightened more about his dream, It [World Cup 2019 triumph] is not the driving factor… but it is a dream. It’ll be fantastic to finish like that, lift the trophy with the boys. If I don’t, it’s okay – I’ve had a fantastic career, I’ve stayed healthy for majority of my career and I’ve had some fantastic knocks, made some great friendships and won some amazing games, and obviously seen some lows as well. I’ve had a great ride. So it’s not the deciding factor, but I’d love to finish there.

Where many were mulling over de Villiers exit from the longest format, the stalwart shut the critics stating that he is raring to go after being relieved from captaincy duties. De Villiers feels he can be the next Roger Federer of cricket.

Must be brutally honest, that [growing expectations] is part of why I really enjoyed the last 12 months. Just to sort of get away a little bit, not to feel the constant pressure of having to perform to the expectation day in day out. That does get to you. I am not comparing myself, but I look at a Roger Federer walked out of the game for a while.