Twitter in Shock Post AB de Villiers' Sudden Retirement From International Cricket

Published - 23 May 2018, 07:25 PM | Updated - 23 May 2018, 09:26 PM

AB de Villiers, IPL 2018
AB de Villiers. Credit: BCCI

The game of cricket received a major shock on Wednesday (May 23) evening as one of the modern greats, AB de Villiers’ announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket, with an immediate effect.

One of the darlings of world cricket, the amount of affection and respect de Villiers will always remain unparalleled. Fondly called as Mr. 360, took to Twitter – to make the announcement through a video clip.

In the video statement, de Villiers confirmed that the workload on him finally took a toll on the gifted athlete, which forced him to call it quits from all formats of the game, at the stroke of the 2019 World Cup.

AB de Villiers. Credits: Getty.

During the video, de Villiers suggested that he was ‘tired’ and would like to move away from the game when he has been playing decent cricket.

Also, AB de Villiers confirmed that he won’t be playing cricket overseas, which indirectly means that Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) might have seen the last of the Superman from South Africa.

Here’s the entire transcript

Credits: Twitter

Prior to the start of the South African summer of cricket, De Villiers remained selectively available for South Africa in all formats of the game.

De Villiers missed out on tours to Australia and England during the seasons of 2016 and 2017 as he only represented the Proteas in limited overs cricket.

AB de Villiers.
The only feat left unfulfilled for AB would be a World Cup for South Africa. Credits: Getty Images

However, through his statements, de Villiers suggested that he would be behind Faf du Plessis and his men in their bid for the World Cup of 2019 in England.

In conclusion, the Superman of cricket hopes to continue playing for the Titans in domestic cricket. For obvious reasons, the cricketing community on Twitter did not receive the shocking development well.

Here’s how Twitter reacted following a shocking retirement call from AB de Villiers:

https://twitter.com/iSRKsSoul/status/999253946874068993

https://twitter.com/SrJadejaaa/status/999254613336326146

https://twitter.com/SrJadejaaa/status/999254613336326146

https://twitter.com/binroshieda/status/999251299936997376

https://twitter.com/SpiceBoxofEarth/status/999248022159552512

https://twitter.com/RahulTailor_/status/999245943462682624

https://twitter.com/SamVk1814/status/999249230735728640

https://twitter.com/Sassy_Soul_/status/999249186255077376

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