AB de Villiers announces shock retirement

AB de Villiers announces shock retirement from all forms of international cricket

"I've had my turn and, to be honest, I'm exhausted", de Villiers said in a video posted on his official Twitter account announcing his retirement.

'After the fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside.

Five weeks later, de Villiers stunned West Indies again.

Shortly after de Villiers announced his retirement, RCB posted a tweet and urged the South African great to come back to Bengaluru in 2019. To cricket fans around South Africa and around the world, thank you very much for your kindness, your generosity and, today, your understanding.

De Villiers will go down as one of the greatest batsmen the country has ever produced.

A player who broke records at will in schoolboy cricket, De Villiers played his first game for South Africa in the winter of 2004, just a year after making his first-class debut. Starting out as a wicketkeeper-batsman, he finished his career with 463 catches, including those behind the wicket and in the field, as well as 17 stumpings in all global cricket. While Kohli smashed a whopping 973 runs including four hundreds, de Villiers scored 687 runs. The sudden change in plans could probably be propagated by his decision to return to Test cricket last summer - where South Africa hosted India and Australia in two high-octane clashes that featured seven Tests.

He said it is not about earning more somewhere else, it is about running out of gas and feeling it is time to move on. India nevertheless beat South Africa by 26 runs.

"It would not be right for me to pick and choose where, when and in what format I play for the Proteas", De Villiers continued. A blisteringly hot and humid day, which became utterly forgettable for MS Dhoni's team as Quinton de Kock (109), du Plessis (133) and de Villiers (119) pumped them to the tune of 438/4. Australia made a head start to the series by winning the first Test at Durban by 118 runs.

One of contemporary cricket's greatest batsmen, AB de Villiers, called on Wednesday time on his illustrious worldwide career, claiming to be "out of gas" after 14 years in the top league. "We knew it was coming but I thought he would give the World Cup another shot".

It did not seem de Villiers would do the same when, on March 8, he was awarded a new national contract.

A former captain in all three formats, he raised the bat for 22 Test centuries and 25 ODI centuries.

De Villiers holds the records for the fastest 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls) of all time in One Day Internationals.

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