The South African team is probably the most loved cricketing team around the world. This is the reason that when the Proteas were defeated by the Kiwis in the 2015 ODI World Cup semi-finals at Eden Park, numerous cricket fans cried with the South African players.
The match between South Africa and New Zealand turned out to be the most interesting match of that world cup. In the close encounter, AB de Villiers led Proteas team got eliminated, credits to an outstanding innings played by the New Zealander batsman Grant Elliot.
As the match ended, the world witnessed the great team fall and players on their feet. Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and Faf du Plessis mourning the defeat. The fans cried with these bunch of players as well. The world was proud of this team.
The world saw the greatest entertainer, AB de Villiers, cry and everybody felt for him. But in the press conference after the game, AB won the hearts of millions of fans again as he stood by the team. He accepted the defeat and praised his boys for putting up a great show in that tournament.
Here are some replies from AB de Villiers that inspires us to accept any kind of defeats and move on:
Question: Can you describe the emotions right now such as you went up on the losing side in such a manner?
AB de Villiers: Yeah, it’s a tough one, you know. I felt that we left it out on the field tonight, and that’s all I can ask of the guys. We had our chances especially in the second half of the game and we didn’t take it. So, yeah, it’s difficult to say what kind of emotions I’m feeling. It’s obviously painful. Lots of people back home supporting us.
It hurts to think of all of them, you know, and we so badly wanted to take that trophy back home, but I guess life moves on. The sun will come up again tomorrow like our coach said numerous times in this tournament. And we had a lot of fun throughout this tournament, and I’m proud of the guys the way we fought in every single game right till the death and once again tonight. And give credit to New Zealand. They played a wonderful game of cricket and held their nerve to the end, so well done to them.
Question: Just to follow up from that, how will you look after each other over the next couple of weeks? I suspect you’ll have a bit of time off and that kind of thing, but how would you make sure that the guys come away from this feeling okay?
AB de Villiers: I have absolutely no idea what to do from here on in. I don’t even know when we’re going home. It’s going to take some time. As a captain, I’ll be there for the guys as much as I can, and there is nothing you can do about it now.