Johannesburg: The cricketing world came to a standstill on Wednesday when South Africa’s AB de Villiers announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.
De Villiers himself announced the news on Twitter in a video message. The South African batsman has 47 international centuries and 109 international fifties to his name.
I’ve made a big decision today pic.twitter.com/In0jyquPOK— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 23, 2018
Twitter was filled with best wishes pouring in for the right-handed batsman soon after the news shocked the world.
The biggest entertainer in the last decade has bid goodbye to International cricket...your absence will be felt, AB. Cricket will be poorer. Wish you all the best for your future endeavours. Go well @ABdeVilliers17 🙌👍— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 23, 2018
— ICC (@ICC) May 23, 2018
— R P Singh (@rpsingh) May 23, 2018
So shocked to here @ABdeVilliers17 has decided to call time on his international career. But that’s just life and he feels it’s time to move on. Thank you great man for your amazing Match winning Performances, Skill Captaincy and most of all your Humility. 👏👏👏— Allan Donald (@AllanDonald33) May 23, 2018
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SrJadejaaa) May 23, 2018
AB De Villiers did what he always does. He has left everyone gasping.— SAGAR (@sagarcasm) May 23, 2018
In the 420 matches he has played for South Africa, de Villiers has amassed 20014 runs across the three formats.
ABD was recently seen in Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) colours during the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is captained nby Virat Kohli. The team, however, finished sixth in the IPL, failing to qualify for playoffs....