De Villiers opens up about the worst sledging he has witnessed
South African ODI skipper, AB De Villiers opened up about the worst sledging he has witnessed in his career and it was the Australians when they toured Proteas and crossed all limits in the exchange of words.
It was a three-match test series played in 2014 that the Kangaroos won 2-1. However, it was a forgettable series for South Africans as they thought that Australians were over the top in mouthing. After the series, Faf Du Plessis coined Australian team as a pack of wild dogs.
AB said that Australians got personal and it is something they regret.
“That was definitely the most abuse we’ve got on the cricket field,” de Villiers told Fox Sports.
He recalled his tour of 2006 to Australia as a youngster, “When we play England, it’s pretty verbal. I also remember touring Australia in 2006 as a youngster, with the likes of Warne and McGrath and Gilly behind the stumps.”
He compared both the meetings, but, he believes 2014 tour was unmatched, “Still, that was nowhere near what we received in 2014.”
“Australia certainly made a conscious effort to be verbally over the top,” he said, “Maybe they felt they could get under us if they really came out and got personal with some of us,” he added.
De Villiers believes it was absolutely unnecessary.
He also revealed that some of the Australian players came and apologized after the game, “Some of the Australian players came up and apologised and felt that it was a little bit over the top … certainly at times they did go over the top and I think they regret that in some way.”
AB De Villiers was not a part of South African squad that whitewashed Australia in a five-match ODI series. In his absence, Faf Du Plessis lead South Africa in the 50-over format.