AB de Villiers is content with his form leading into the England ODI series and is confident of the Proteas’ Champions Trophy hopes.
Since his return against Sri Lanka on 28 January 2017, the Proteas skipper hit 433 runs in 10 matches at an average of 72.16, which included two half-centuries against their opening Champions Trophy opponents, Sri Lanka, and two 50s against the No 4-ranked team New Zealand.
His performances got him back to No 1 in the ODI batsman rankings and helped the Proteas hold on to the No 1 spot with a 3-2 series win over the Black Caps in New Zealand.
His IPL season, however, was meek compared to previous seasons. He scored at an average of 27.00 and only recorded one fifty, compared to his six 50s and a century last season.
Despite this lukewarm IPL campaign for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, De Villiers remains confident about his ability and his form.
‘I’m not worried, I hope you’re not worried,’ said De Villiers the media on Tuesday.
‘I’ve a few good knocks, spread throughout the tournament. I started off with a good knock and then four-five matches after had a good knock again. I never got a hundred, but I always felt like I was in good form.
‘I’m hitting the ball as well as ever, so I feel like there are some good scores to come.’
When asked about his preferable position in the lineup, De Villiers insisted that it is up to Russell Domingo.
‘I’m not too worried about where I bat. In recent times it’s been at No 4, but I’m happy to move around the order, I always have been. I’m not a stats man so I’m not worried about what my average is at 6, 7 or 5.
‘If it suits the team for me to bat at 5 or 3, I’m very happy to discuss it with Russell and go with that. We are very happy to make decisions like that based on what we need as a team.’