AB De Villiers, the supremely gifted cricketer from South Africa has decided to retire from all forms of International Cricket with immediate effect. Mr 360 as he is fondly known for his wide array of shots was one of the most popular players not just in South Africa but the world over especially in India for his stint with the RCB in IPL.
The 34-year-old former South African skipper said his jaded body was no longer in a position to take the rigours of international cricket after a staggering 420 matches across three formats with over 20,000 runs and 47 hundreds.
I’ve made a big decision today pic.twitter.com/In0jyquPOK
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 23, 2018
“I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect. After 114 Test matches, 228 ODI’s and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired,” De Villiers announced through a video message on social networking site twitter.
De Villiers said that everything must come to an end. I sincerely thank the fans of South Africa and the world for their love and support. I will continue playing in domestic cricket. The South African cricket team and its captain, Faf du Plessis, have my full support and it will continue. Thanks …. AB scored 22 centuries and 46 half-centuries in his 114 Test career. The South African said that after playing 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20, the time came when the other players took my place. I have spent my time in cricket. I’m tired. Now I want to give time to the family. They said that it was not easy to take this decision. I thought enough before making this decision. After winning the Test Series against Australia and India, I think it is the right time to say goodbye to this game.
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