One of the most contemporary cricketer and greatest batsman of South Africa AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from the international cricket by stating via a video message that he had ” Run out of gas”. The all-rounder cricketer said: “I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect,” de Villiers said on Wednesday (May 23). “After 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired,” de Villiers said.
De Villiers finishes his career with an amazing 20,014 international runs (8765 in Tests, 9577 in ODIs and 1672 in T20Is) and signs off with a batting average over 50 in both Tests (50.66) and ODIs (53.50).
AB de Villiers – A statistical highlight
– De Villiers holds the record for the fastest 50, 100 & 150 in ODI history
- 50 off 16 balls vs WI, Johannesburg, 2015
- 100 off 31 balls vs WI, Johannesburg, 2015
- 150 off 64 balls vs WI, SCG, 2015
Among those who have kept in at least 25 games, de Villiers has the best batting average in both Tests (57.41) & ODIs (70.54).
Just after the announcement of the AB de the shocking retirement, social media overflow with the comments and response over this news. Many mega cricket stars such as Sachin, Sehwag, Iffran Khan etc posted the tweet and express their reaction to the retirement.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 23, 2018
Congratulations @ABdeVilliers17 , the most loved cricketer in the world, on a wonderful career. International cricket will be poorer without you, but you will continue to be celebrated by cricket fans around the world pic.twitter.com/uA7CBlYE9F
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 23, 2018
#ABdeVilliers played cricket exactly as it should be played. As fun. As an adventure. As joy.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 23, 2018
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) May 23, 2018
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 23, 2018
“AB has been a colossus on the world stage for well over a decade and we are indeed grateful that most of this time, he has been wearing the colours of our beloved Standard Bank Proteas”
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) May 23, 2018
— ICC (@ICC) May 23, 2018
— BCCI (@BCCI) May 23, 2018
Many congratulations @ABdeVilliers17 on a glorious Cricket career. You enriched the game with your ability, presence and mannerisms and will continue to be a role-model for aspiring cricketers. Wish you a very happy post-retirement life.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) May 23, 2018
We all definitely be missed Ab De Villiers. Our My best wishes to him.