South African Superman Abraham Benjamin de Villiers a.k.an AB de Villiers announced his retirement from International Cricket, AD de Villiers said that he was “tired, and out of gas” which brings him to announce his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday. AB de is known for his innovative and nonchalant stroke play. He has single handedly destroyed some the best bowlers with his unconventional shorts.
AB de Villiers Shocking Retirement on Twitter
He announced his retirement decision on Twitter on Wednesday bringing to close an International career that bridges 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 Twenty20 international from which de Villiers smashed over 20,014 runs.
I’ve made a big decision today pic.twitter.com/In0jyquPOK
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 23, 2018
The 34-year-old bows out as South Africa’s fourth most successful Test batsman with 8765 runs at 50.66, second highest run-getter in ODIs in 9577 at 53.50 and second in T20Is in 1672 at 26.12. He scored 25 ODI and 22 Test centuries, with a best 79* in T20Is.
He further stated that “This is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside”.
He announced his retirement four days after his IPL (Indian Premier League) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore exhilarated the 11th season of the lucrative Twenty20 League.
AB de Villiers Full Statement
Over the last two years, AB de Villiers the former South African captain has been fighting fatigue and even took time away from Test cricket in 2017. The reason behind this is he wanted to keep himself fresh and powerful for 2019 World Cup in England.
However, now his retirement means the team would now be talking flight to London next year without the destroyer in the rank.
AD de Villiers have no further plans of playing overseas, which means he will not be available for IPL in future and will be available for domestic cricket in Soth Africa.
Not surprisingly, tributes have been floating since his announcement. Mark Boucher, the former South African Wicket-keeper batmen, and someone who has seen De Villiers’ initiation into international cricket put it rather concise on Twitter.
I remember this young guy on his 1st day out for Proteas…. What an inspiration, person, and player he turned out to be. Thank you for everything you have done and been for your country, teammates, and fans @ABdeVilliers17 #legend.