South African star batsman, AB de Villiers shocked the cricketing fraternity by announcing his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. One of the prolific run-scorers of this era, de Villiers admitted that he wanted to retire while still at the top.

“After 114 test matches, 228 one day internationals and 78 T20 internationals it is time for others to take over. I’ve had my turn and to be honest I’m tired,” the Proteas star said on Twitter.

“This is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic (test) series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside.

“It would not be right for me to pick and choose where, when and in what format I play for the Proteas. For me, in the green and gold, it must be everything or nothing,” he added.

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The 34-year old enjoyed a blistering international career that spanned well over a decade. His stunning exploits on the cricket field made him one of the most loved cricket stars across the world.

De Villiers bids adieu to cricket as South Africa fourth highest run-getter in Test cricket with 8,765 runs. He made 22 test centuries and also took 222 catches and five stumpings. Overall, he registered 20,014 international runs (8765 in Tests, 9577 in ODIs and 1672 in T20Is). He also finished his career with a batting average over 50 in both Tests, and ODIs.

Meanwhile, de Villiers’ career was in jeopardy after he had taken an indefinite break from Tests last year. However, he returned towards the end of the last year to represent the Proteas in that format. He played a pivotal role in South Africa’s win over India and Australia.  It was likely that de Villiers would at least play the next World Cup. But being as unpredictable as his shots, he decided to call it a day.

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Warner wishes luck:

His sudden decision to hang his boots left the cricketing world in utter disbelief. Wishes from all cricketers, past and present to fans, poured in for the modern-day great.

David Warner also took to Twitter to express his gratitude and admitted that he was one of the fantastic players to watch. He also longed for his and his family’s success.

Well done @ABdeVilliers17 on a fantastic career, one of my favourite players to watch go about their skill. Wish you every success with you and your family,” the tweet read.

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