34-Years-old Versatile South African Batsman AB-de-Villiers announced his retirement from all three formats of cricket. De Villiers announced this decision on his official Twitter account. He was the former captain of the South African cricket team and was playing in IPL under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. De Villiers, who is also known as Mr. 360 due to his fantastic performance in the ground, now say goodbye to the INTL Cricket. However, he would like to play for Titans in Domestic cricket. De Villiers made his test debut in 2004, against England, while in ODIs he played his first game in 2005 against the same.
De Villiers has scored 9577 runs in ODI, While in the test matches he has scored 8765 runs. He retires with an unbelievable Test average of 50.66 and as the fourth-highest run-scorer for South Africa with 8765 runs (22 100’s). He retired as the No.2 ranked player in the world and as the second highest run-scorer for South Africa behind Jacques Kallis with 9577 runs at an average of 53.50. De Villiers said,”This is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside.
I’ve made a big decision today pic.twitter.com/In0jyquPOK
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 23, 2018
BREAKING NEWS: @ABdeVilliers17 calls time on sterling 14-year Proteas career. @StandardBankZA Proteas batsman, AB de Villiers, today announced he will retire from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect. #ABretires pic.twitter.com/bGRHe8tYCQ
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) May 23, 2018
It would not be right for me to pick where, when and in what format I play for the Proteas. For me, in the green and gold, it must be everything or nothing. I will always be grateful to the coaches and staff of Cricket South Africa for their support through all these years. The most important thank you goes out to all of my team-mates throughout my career, I wouldn’t be half the player that I am without the support throughout the years.