South African bastman AB de Villiers on Wednesday announced his decision to retire from all forms of international cricket. De Villiers, who was playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League this year, shared a video on twitter to announce the same.
He said, “Fourteen seasons ago, I arrived as a nervous youngster when I was first called into the Proteas squad. Today at the same place, I want to let you know that I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect. After 114 Test matches, 228 one-day internationals and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over.”
He added, “I have had my turn and to be honest I am tired. This is a tough decision. I have thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket,” said the right-hander. After fantastic series wins over India and Australia, now is the time to step aside. It would not be right for me to pick and choose where and what format to play for the Proteas. For me, it must be everything or nothing.
He continued, “I’ll always be grateful to my teammates, the courteous staff of team South Africa for their support through less these years. It’s not about any move somewhere else. It’s about running out of gas, and feeling that it’s time to move on. Everything comes to an end. To cricket fans of South Africa and around the world, thank you very much for your kindness, generosity and today, for your understanding. I have no plans to play overseas and I can continue to be available for the Titans (domestic cricket).”
I’ve made a big decision today pic.twitter.com/In0jyquPOK
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 23, 2018
Must admit to being a bit shocked by @ABdeVilliers17 decision to quit all international cricket. We knew it was coming but I thought he would give the World Cup another shot.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 23, 2018
What? AB de Villiers has retired?
With AB gone, Cricket will now start with a C.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) May 23, 2018
AB De Villiers has at least one
The man who did almost everything as cricketer!
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) May 23, 2018
AB de villiers retired. feeling like another crush got married to someone else
— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) May 23, 2018
— Nikhil (@Beer_4_Life) May 23, 2018