Former South African skipper AB de Villiers has shocked the cricketing world after announcing sudden retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect.
ABD announced his retirement today through a video posted on his Twitter handle but he will keep on playing domestic cricket for the Titans.
The 34-year-old has been a massive figure for the Proteas’ middle order for more than a decade and will go down as one of the greatest ever batsmen for South Africa.
I’ve made a big decision today pic.twitter.com/In0jyquPOK
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 23, 2018
|“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 said.
“It would not be right for me to pick and choose where, when and in what format I play for the Proteas. For me, in the green and gold, it must be everything or nothing. I will always be grateful to the coaches and staff of Cricket South Africa for their support through all these years. The most important thank you goes out to all of my teammates throughout my career, I wouldn’t be half the player that I am without the support throughout the years.
“It’s not about earning more somewhere else, it’s about running out of gas and feeling that it is the right time to move on. Everything comes to an end. To the cricket fans around South Africa and the World, thank you for your kindness and generosity, and today, for your understanding.
De Villiers has played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals for South Africa in total. His last appearance was in South Africa’s final Test in what turned out to be a controversial series against Australia, where Steven Smith and David Warner were fined for ball tempering.
De Villiers made his debut in the format in December 2004 at Port Elizabeth, scoring 28 and 14 while opening the batting with his former captain Smith, in a seven-wicket loss to England.
It was speculated that De Villiers will hang on his boots after the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup but his sudden retirement came as a shock to the world and he also said in the statement that he has had his turn and he is “tired.”
He was a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) squad which was knocked out of the 2018 IPL recently.
This is how Cricket World reacted to AB de Villiers retirement:
Everyone knows when their time has arrived,abbas is no different. Congrats on a wonderful career @ABdeVilliers17 👏
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) May 23, 2018
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 23, 2018
Must admit to being a bit shocked by @ABdeVilliers17 decision to quit all international cricket. We knew it was coming but I thought he would give the World Cup another shot.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 23, 2018
One of the best! Wish you all the best AB👍 amazing player but above all that great guy… 👍 https://t.co/njEZLnuPit
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) May 23, 2018
— R P Singh (@rpsingh) May 23, 2018