It will be a bad news for the cricket fans as former South African captain and one of best batsmen AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect. He announced it on Twitter via a video calling that he “run out of gas”. He posted a video on Twitter about his retirement with a caption “I have made a big decision today.” Let’s have a look.
I’ve made a big decision today pic.twitter.com/In0jyquPOK
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 23, 2018
In his video he mentioned, “After 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired”. “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.”
AB de Villiers
He is 34 year old who debuted for South Africa in December 2004. He played 228 one-day internationals, 114 Test matches, and 78 Twenty20 matches. He has 22 centuries and 46 half-centuries to his name in cricket’s longest format. He holds the unique record of scoring the fastest 50 (in 16 balls), fastest 100 (in 31 balls) and fastest 150 (in 64 balls) in ODI cricket. Known as a ‘360 degree’ batsman, AB de Villiers who could play shots in all directions. Due to his attacking batting style, Villiers has often been compared to that of Sir Viv Richards’.
In IPL 2018, he was part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team that failed to qualify for the play-offs of the Indian Premier League.