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South Africa head coach Russell Domingo has insisted that he was not concerned about captain AB de Villiers’ disappointing performance in the Champions Trophy loss to Pakistan on Wednesday.
De Villiers was dismissed for a golden duck for the first time in his illustrious ODI career as the Proteas went on to lose the match by 19 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.
Despite the skipper failing to have an impact, Domingo is confident that the 33-year-old will bounce back with a strong showing in their must-win game against India on Sunday.
“I have no concerns about AB de Villiers,” Domingo said. “I’m expecting him to put in a big performance on Sunday. He’s that type of player that when the team needs him, he’ll turn it up on Sunday. I’m sure about that.”
Batsman David Miller, who scored a valiant 75 not out against Pakistan, also seemed unperturbed by De Villiers’ failure to trouble the scorers.
“It is tough [when AB doesn’t perform],” Miller said. He is the best player in the world so it’s nice when he does perform, and that’s 95% of the time.
“I haven’t seen him go out for a nought too many times in his career. He is human at the end of the day and there are enough good batters in the team to contribute as well. I don’t think it’s a huge problem at all. We’ve done well over the last two-and-a-half years and all the batters that we have can do the job. AB, unfortunately, didn’t come off but he is definitely due on Sunday.”
Pace bowler Morne Morkel echoed Domingo and Miller’s sentiments, saying: “It’s a big tournament for him (AB), and for all of us. We are hungry to take this trophy back home. He is only human. Us as players or team-mates, we need to stand up as well and take responsibility. It’s not all on AB’s shoulders. AB has got all the energy and is still hungry to play.”