Namibia Captain Gerhard Erasmus Shares Childhood Photo With AB de Villiers, The South African Responds
Namibia Captain Gerhard Erasmus Shares Childhood Photo With AB de Villiers, The South African Responds

AB de Villiers sent the cricket fraternity in an emotional state with his retirement from all forms of the game on Friday.

AB de Villiers retired from international cricket in 2018 and had been plying his trade in T20 leagues. He walks away with a total of 9424 T20 runs, which he scored in 320 innings while playing for a number of teams around the world.

Namibia captain Gerhard Erasmus, on Saturday, took to his Twitter account to share a picture of himself along with the former South Africa skipper. The photo is of years ago, with Erasmus as a child and AB de Villiers keeping behind him.

“Dankie AB,” Erasmus wrote in his tweet, which translates to “thank you AB.”

AB de Villiers, IPL,RCB
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

AB de Villiers remembered that moment, and responding to the tweet in Afrikaans:

“Wow. Special! I remember it like yesterday. Proud of how far you have come.”

Erasmus recently led Namibia in the T20 World Cup and earned huge praise for his side’s performance in the tournament. Namibia beat the Netherlands and Ireland to make it past the Qualifying Round 1 and then beat Scotland in their Super 12s.

That flame no longer burns so brightly: AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers’ decision came as a surprise as well, considering he was in terrific touch in IPL 2021 for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The right-hander scored 313 runs at an average of 31.30 while striking at 148.34 this season, helping RCB to the playoffs.

Overall, in his IPL journey – in which he played Delhi Capitals (then Daredevils) and Royal Challengers Bangalore – the Protea batter amassed 5162 runs at an average of 39.71, with a strike rate of 151.69. He slammed 3 hundreds in the IPL. The 37-year-old, however, retires without an IPL trophy.

In his retirement note, he stated that the motivation has ceased and will give his time to the family.

Ab de Villiers Announces Retirement From All Forms Of Cricket Including IPL
Ab de Villiers Announces Retirement From All Forms Of Cricket Including IPL

“It has been an incredible journey, but I have decided to retire from all cricket,” AB de Villiers wrote in his Facebook post.

“Ever since the backyard matches with my older brothers, I have played the game with pure enjoyment and unbridled enthusiasm. Now, at the age of 37, that flame no longer burns so brightly.

“That’s the reality I must accept – and, even if it may seem sudden, that is why I am making this announcement today. I’ve had my time. Cricket has been exceptionally kind to me,” the Pretoria-born star added.

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