Auckland, Mar 7: He might be rated as the best batsman in the game at the moment but he has revealed he cannot win the first World Cup trophy for his country on his own. He has called upon his team-mates to lift their game to go all the way at the ICC World Cup 2015. (Catch controversy at WC)
This has come today from AB de Villiers, the Proteas skipper after he expressed disappointment over his team's 29-run loss (Duckworth/Lewis method) to Pakistan in a Pool B game. He took full responsibility for the defeat.
Speaking after the match, De Villiers was asked whether the team was demanding too much of him for which he answered in the negative.
"I don't no. I have got full faith in the ability of the players around me. That's why they're all here," he said.
"I know I can't win this World Cup alone. There is no way. There is no doubt that I can't do it alone, and I need my teammates. I know they've got the capability and ability and the talent to do that.
"It's a matter of just pulling together as a side, getting together as a senior group of players, helping the youngsters to lift their game a little bit, and together as a unit we can just try to move forward. That is about it. I don't feel added pressure on myself.
"I don't feel that I've got to do too much. I've got world class players around me. I've got the best batter in the world in Hashim Amla around me, and a lot of other really good players. We can all play cricket," he added.
South Africa have won never the World Cup trophy. Their campaign at the moment is stuttering after two losses, to India and Pakistan. The Proteas failed to chase down 232 in 47 overs against Pakistan at Eden Park on Saturday.
In their final group game, South Africa face United Arab Emirates (UAE) on March 12 in Wellington.