The former South African skipper AB de Villiers announced his international retirement on May 23, 2018, across formats. He retired from international cricket scoring nearly 20000 international runs and making an impact in world cricket, especially in T20 cricket and the IPL.
There were speculations made on his possible comeback in the 2019 World Cup but De Villiers did not return. This meant that Faf du Plessis led the team in the World Cup and it turned out to be an ordinary World Cup for the 2015 semi-finalists.
Speaking to Wisden Cricket, AB De Villiers revealed the reason why he did not think of coming out of retirement. He spoke about other things around it, which made him think otherwise and not announce a comeback.
Covid Played A Role: AB De Villiers On Not Coming Out Of Retirement
“Covid certainly played a role, there’s no doubt about it. From an international perspective, that 2015 World Cup hurt big time. It took me a while to get over that and then, when I got back into the side and I was ready to commit, I didn’t feel the same culture that I really needed at that time,” said AB De Villiers.
The former South African skipper further spoke about how he thought about pushing for a few more years in Test cricket and how thoughts of retirement crossed his head multiple times.
“I often found myself thinking, I don’t know, eh? Could this be the end of my career? I didn’t even really want to play IPL or anything else. I got away from everything in 2018 and then decided to push one more time with a bit of Test cricket, to try and beat India and Australia over here, and then I’ll call it. I didn’t want any spotlight on me. I just wanted to say, ‘I had a great time, thank you very much” ABD said.
He played his last IPL match in 2021 against KKR in the IPL 2021 Eliminator in Sharjah, before announcing his retirement from all forms of cricket in November 2021.