CONFIDENT: ODI skipper De Villers

The last time Abbas played an ODI was in February when he led the team to a 3-2 series win over New Zealand in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

During that series, De Villiers top-scored with 262 runs at a lekker average of 87.33 but in the Indian Premier League he only managed to score 216 runs at a below-par average of 27.00.

He says: I’m not worried about my form. I hope you’re [media and fans] not.

“I had a few decent knocks across the tournament [IPL], especially at the start. And even though I never scored a hundred, I still feel in good form.

“I am hitting the ball as well as I ever did and I think there are some big scores to come.”

The superstar batsman added that he is not restricted to only batting at number four as his role in the batting order is determined by what the team needs at that point of time.

The 33-year-old says: “I am very happy to move around the order. I have never been a stats man so I do not pay attention to when people say I bat better at number four. If it suits the team for me to bat at number three or five, then I will do it.”