Rohit Sharma conveyed his regards to AB de Villiers who stunned the cricketing world by announcing his retirement. The South Africa legend, on Wednesday (May 23), left the cricketing world shell shocked by retiring from all formats in international cricket with immediate effect. The 34-year old said that he was tired and wanted to step out while still at the top.
He confirmed in a video on that he had played his last game for South Africa.
“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,” he said in a video message 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.
De Villiers enjoyed a stellar international career that spanned for 14 years. His batting and fielding exploits on the cricket field made him one of the most loved cricket stars across the globe.
De Villiers retires with a test average of 50.66 and as the fourth-highest scorer for South Africa with 8,765 runs. He made 22 test centuries and also took 222 catches and five stumpings. Overall, he scored a staggering 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.
The right-hander also holds the record for the fastest 50, fastest 100 and fastest 150 in ODIs, all coming against West Indies. He smashed a 31-ball 100 in Johannesburg in 2015 and hit a 66-ball 162 in the 2015 World Cup encounter in Sydney.
And just like the whole cricketing fraternity, India batting star Rohit Sharma also paid his tribute to the retiring legend. Rohit took to Twitter to wish de Villiers’ on his post-retirement life, writing:
“Best wishes AB post retirement, hope life is as exciting as your game. Regards to the family @ABdeVilliers17.”
Best wishes AB post retirement, hope life is as exciting as your game. Regards to the family @ABdeVilliers17
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) May 23, 2018