Former South African captain AB de Villiers who is regarded as one of the greatest Proteas batsmen of all time has revealed the moment he felt that the time has come for him to quit cricket.
AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on November 19, 2021. Notably, de Villiers had already retired from international cricket in May 2018 and since then he was playing only franchise cricket.
Former Proteas skipper made his international debut in 2004 and played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is. Across formats, he amassed 20014 runs, and he averaged over 50 in Tests and ODIs.
I Have Never Been The Guy Who Is Going To Push Every Single Bit Of Energy Of My Ability And My Cricketing Skill – AB de Villiers
Speaking to TimesLIVE, de Villiers said that he played cricket for enjoyment and he was finding difficulty in travelling for the Indian Premier League (IPL) and playing the league for 2 and a half months.
“Cricketing wise, it has been coming for quite some time, it’s always been about enjoyment for me. And the minute where I felt the difficulty of travelling and being there at the IPL for two and half to three months a year, specifically with this one that was split into two, bubbles and this and that made things very complicated with regards to cricket and the enjoyment thereof,” said de Villiers.
AB de Villiers added that he played for enjoyment and when he stopped enjoying scoring runs and doing well for the team he decided to take retirement from cricket.
“I found myself on the park where scoring runs and doing well for the team didn’t really match with everything that goes with it anymore and that’s where the balance started leading towards hanging my gloves up. I have never been the guy who is going to push every single bit of energy of my ability and my cricketing skill, I have always played for the enjoyment of the game. And the minute that sort of started going down, I knew it was time for me to move on,” concluded de Villiers.
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