South African talismanic batsman AB de Villiers gave shocking waves to the cricket world as he announced a sudden retirement from the International form. This news came out as the bolt from the blue as AB de Villiers had recently played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Meanwhile, de Villiers has claimed that he is tired and doesn’t want to continue with his cricketing career.
Obviously, it was a tough decision for the former Proteas skipper. However, de Villiers will continue to ply on his trade in different Twenty20 leagues across the globe.
This was a bolt from the blue:
De Villiers played 114 Test matches, 228 One-Dayers and 78 Twenty20 Internationals for the South African team. He scored 8,765 runs in the red-ball form, 9,577 runs in the 50-over format and 1,672 runs in the shortest form.
AB de Villiers said on his Twitter handle, “Hi, this is the Tuks Cricket Club at the High-Performance Centre in Pretoria where 14 seasons ago I arrived as a nervous youngster when I was first called into the Proteas squad. Today, at the same place, I want to let you know that I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect. After 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn and to be honest, I am tired”.
De Villiers has flabbergasted the cricket world:
De Villiers admitted that it was a tough decision for him to take. He added that he ponder hard on the decision. The champion batsman went on to thank his teammates and coaches respectively.
“This is a tough decision. I thought long and hard about it and I would like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now is the right time to step aside. It would not be right for me to pick and choose where and when and in what format I play for the Proteas. For me, in Green and Gold, it must be everything or nothing. I will always be grateful for my teammates, the coaches and the staff of Cricket South Africa (CSA),” he added.
However, de Villiers confirmed that he will continue to play for his domestic team Titans.
“I have my plans to play overseas, in fact, I hope I can continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket,” de Villiers added.
AB de Villiers went on to express his gratitude to all the fans for his their support and understanding.
“To Cricket fans in South Africa and around the World, thank you very much for your kindness, your generosity and today, for your understanding,” AB added.
There is no doubt that de Villiers will go down as a modern day great.
The veteran made us believe that extraordinary things can be achieved on the cricket field. The Proteas talisman played some of the unbelievable strokes which were fearless.
Moreover, de Villiers was a live wire on the field as he took some incredible catches in the game.