AB de Villiers also said that South Africa would look to go out for an all-out attack to win the mega global event of the sport after falling short in the last six editions despite having a strong team © Getty Images
AB de Villiers also said that South Africa would look to go out for an all-out attack to win the mega global event after missing out in the last six editions © Getty Images

Oct 15, 2104

South Africa skipper, AB de Villiers has rated New Zealand as one of the favourites to win the World Cup which gets underway early next year in Australia and New Zealand. However, the skipper said that their chances were limited provided their explosive batsmen, Jesse Ryder made a return to the squad.

South Africa take on New Zealand in a three-match ODI series starting Tuesday at Mt. Maunganui. However, De Villiers believes that it is going to be a tough contest between both the teams. The series is then followed by an eight-game ODI series in Australia.

The series would help the Proteas to get a fair idea about the conditions just months before the World Cup gets underway.

De Villiers also said that South Africa would look to go out for an all-out attack to win the mega global event of the sport after falling short in the last six editions despite having a strong team.

“It would mean the world to us to win it, it really would. I get quite emotional talking about it because it’s really close to my heart,” he said.

Speaking on the New Zealand’s chances at the event, he termed them as the ‘Dark Horses’. “They’ll be more than competitive; I’d call them one of the favourites. We know what they’re capable of on their home soil, and they haven’t won a big tournament for a while so, like us, they must be very motivated to do well,” de Villiers said.

He said that New Zealand’s chances would boost up if Jesse Ryder returned to the frame. Ryder was dropped after not abiding by the rules of the board and team protocol.

However Mike Hesson, New Zealand failed to include Ryder in the 19-man squad against Scotland claiming that he was not at his best to perform at International level.

“They’re probably going to have to find a way to get him in. He’s a very dangerous cricket player and you wouldn’t want to play against him, no matter who you are because you know if he comes off he’s probably going to win you the game,” said de Villiers.

He also believes that the inclusion of veteran spinner, Daniel Vettori could also be a boost for the New Zealand squad and increase their chances for winning the tournament.

However, he would need to prove his fitness and be eligible for the squad selection, as he has gone through a no. of injuries in the recent past.

“I would feel very confident if I was them and (Vettori) was in the side,” de Villiers said.