AB de Villiers dropped quite a huge bombshell last year when he brought an abrupt end to his illustrious international career. Just days before announcing his retirement, he had helped South Africa beat India and Australia in Test series at home. He was the standout performer for his side as he played all the seven Tests. The legendary batsman scored six fifties and a hundred in the seven Tests and was instrumental to South Africa’s success.

It was followed by a productive outing in the Indian Premier League. The right-handed batsman was the second highest run-scorer for Royal Challengers Bangalore, amassing 480 runs in 12 outings with the help of 6 fifties. At that stage, not many would have expected de Villiers to announce retirement. However, the Proteas legend sprung a big surprise by ending his career.

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De Villiers will go down as one of the finest ever batsmen in the history of the game. No matter what the format was or what the conditions were, he rarely failed. If his traditional stroke-play made the traditionalists drool then his scarcely-believable wide array of unorthodox shots left this generation gasping for breath.

AB de Villiers (Credits: ESPNCricinfo)

He scored a staggering 20,014 international runs (8765 in Tests, 9577 in ODIs and 1672 in T20Is). The right-hander also finished his career with a batting average over 50 in both Tests, and ODIs. He also holds the record for the fastest 50, fastest 100 and fastest 150 in ODIs, all coming against the Windies. The batting stalwart smashed a 31-ball 100 in Johannesburg in 2015 and hit a 66-ball 162 in the 2015 World Cup encounter in Sydney.

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Meanwhile, with the World Cup just a few days away, the talks regarding the tournament is everywhere. And so de Villiers was also asked about it when he recently appeared on Breakfast with Champions show. Gaurav Kapur, the host of the show, asked him if he will ever make a comeback to cricket, pointing out the 2023 World Cup as a timeline.  In reply, de Villiers hilariously replied he would do so if MS Dhoni would still be around.

Here is a clip of that moment: