Thu 24 May 2018, 08:34
AB de Villiers revealed his decision to retire from International cricket with immediate effect. Needless to say, we're not the only ones who were shocked and celebrated his huge contribution to South African cricket.
Proteas premier batsman, AB de Villiers drew the curtains on his stellar career yesterday (Wednesday 23 May). The 34-year-old has represented the national cricket team in 114 Test Matches, 228 One Day Internationals and 78 T20 Internationals.
I’ve made a big decision today pic.twitter.com/In0jyquPOK— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 23, 2018
In this year's installment of the Indian Premier League, the master-blaster entertained the crowd at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in the match against the Deli Daredevils with an impressive score of 90 not out for his side, the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
De Villiers made his Test debut against England at Port Elizabeth in 2004, he went on to score a total of 8 765 runs with a healthy batting average of 54.5, his highest score in the longest format of the game is 278 not out against Pakistan. In the ODI arena his stats are equally impressive, he has accumulated 9 577 runs with a high score of 176 from 104 balls against Bangladesh. The right-handed batsman was also destructive in the T20 scoring 1 672 runs with a strike rate of 135.16, unfortunately, he was yet to score a century with the best score of 79 not out.
The retirement of the Proteas skipper has led many take to Twitter to pay homage to one of the most talented batsman to ever play the game.
Proteas teammate Hashim Amla had these kind words for his now former comrade.
All the best @ABdeVilliers17 on ur new chapter.What a player,what a man!Truly an honour to have watched & fortunate to have been in ur team❤— hashim amla (@amlahash) May 23, 2018
Jacques Kallis who is also a legend of the game also paid homage to de Villiers.
Congrats on an awesome career @ABdeVilliers17 Enjoy retirement and the extra time with your family. Was a pleasure watching you as a youngster and then becoming one of the best in the world. 🥂— Jacques Kallis (@jacqueskallis75) May 23, 2018
Former South African captain, Graeme Smith had nothing but love.
More congratulations from the World Cup-winning former Springboks captain, John Smit.
Congrats on an incredible career @ABdeVilliers17 it was a delight watching you play cricket boet!!!— John Smit (@JohnSmit123) May 24, 2018
AB might have retired from International cricket, however, he will continue to represent his franchise the Titans, it's not all doom and gloom cricket lovers.