AB de Villiers has announced retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday.
Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers took to social media to announce his decision marking an end to an incredible career that spanned more than 18 years.
“It has been an incredible journey, but I have decided to retire from all cricket,” ABD said in a tweet.
“Ever since the backyard matches with my older brothers, I have played the game with pure enjoyment and unbridled enthusiasm. Now, at the age of 37, that flame no longer burns so brightly.
“That’s the reality I must accept – and, even if it may seem sudden, that is why I am making this announcement today. I’ve had my time. Cricket has been exceptionally kind to me,” he added.
That’s the reality I must accept – and, even if it may seem sudden, that is why I am making this announcement today. I’ve had my time.— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) November 19, 2021
Cricket has been exceptionally kind to me.
He made his international debut in 2004.
AB de Villiers represented South Africa in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs, and 78 T20Is. Across formats, he amassed 20014 runs, averaging more than 50 in both Tests and ODIs.
He announced retirement from international cricket in May 2018.
Following his international retirement, he continued to play in T20 leagues around the world – at the BBL, the PSL, the Vitality Blast, the BPL, and the MSL back home.
He was part of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2021 Indian Premier League.
Following his retirement announcement reactions are pouring in on Twitter timeline:
Announcement 🔊 @ABdeVilliers17 retires from all cricket— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) November 19, 2021
End of an era! 😔 There’s nobody like you, AB. We’ll miss you dearly at RCB. ❤️ For all that you’ve done and given to the team, to the fans, and to cricket lovers in general, #ThankYouAB 🙏🏼 Happy retirement, legend! pic.twitter.com/JivSPTVn88