Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers. @ Getty Images
Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers. @ Getty Images

Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers, who called time on his international career in May this year, reckons the Proteas their World Cup jinx at the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

South Africa have never clinched the ICC World Cup trophy, falling out in the semi-final stages on four occasions, including twice during De Villiers World Cup career.

However, after a 2-1 ODI away series win to Australia recently, De Villiers feels his side can be hot contenders to lay their hands on the crown next year.

“I think the Proteas are looking good for the World Cup, he told CricketNext.

They have had great series win against Australia, India and England are the other two teams that I feel have a good shot at the title.

South Africa have a potent bowling attack that was on display during the ODI series against Australia with three of the top-four wicket-takers belong to the Proteas. Veteran pacer Dale Steyn marked a successful return picking up seven wickets in three games.

De Villiers admits that their bowlers can upstage the applecart of any batting attack. However, he urged the batsmen to find form ahead of the 50-over showpiece event. The bowlers look exceptional, but we will be needing in-form batsmen to travel to England, he said.