#WhattheSuperman: AB D Villiers Retirement from
Former Proteas captain and AB D Villiers Retirement announced today because he had “run out of gas” and he is “Tired”. everyone shocked
The 34-year-old player has ended his 14-year-old career today for South African Cricket.
Here’s his tweet
I’ve made a big decision today pic.twitter.com/In0jyquPOK
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 23, 2018
He took his time away from Test cricket in 2017, missing the series against England that summer, but returned to the red-ball side in December.
“I’ve had my turn and, to be honest, I’m tired,” he said.
“This is a very tough decision for me. I’ve thought long and hard about this decision and I’d like to retire still playing decent domestic cricket.
“It would not be right for me to pick where, when and in what format I play for the Proteas.
“For me, in green and gold, it must be everything or nothing.”
One of the most destructive batsmen to have played the game, He has an average of 50+ in both the Tests and ODIs.
“…it’s time for other youngsters to take over the Proteas. I have had my turn and to be honest now I am tired. This is really a very tough decision for me. I have thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket,” said the right-hander, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premier League 2018.
RCB are already out of the title race this IPL T20 2018 season.
“After a recent demolishing and fantastic series wins over India and Australia, now is the time to step aside. Making his Test début against England in 2004, de Villiers has been one of the star performers for South African Cricket.
He has been a 360 degree player in ODIs and T20 Internationals. AB de Villiers has played 228 ODIs and scored 9577 runs at an impressive average of 53.50. His highest score in ODIs was 176 at a strike rate of 101.09. He has scored 25 centuries in ODIs.
He has made his ODI début in the year 2005 against England.
In 78 T20 internationals, AB has scored 1672 runs at an average of 26.12. He made his T20 international début in 2006 against Australia.
In the absence of regular wicket-keepers, AB D Villiers has kept wickets too and has an impeccable record. Behind the wickets, he has 227 scalps under his name while in he has 181 and 72 in ODIs and T20 Internationals.
In Indian Premier League, he has represented Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore. AB D Villiers has played 251 T20s and has scored 6649 runs at an average of 35.36. His highest being 133 not out at an impressive strike rate of 147.91 with three centuries.
It’s not about earning more somewhere else, it’s about running out of energy and feeling that it is the right time to move on and give a chance to youngsters.
Everything comes to an end. Not only Cricket South Africa but everyone around the world will miss him, Everyone wants Mr. 360 to play till 2019 ICC ODI world cup.
To the cricket fans around South Africa and the World, thank you for your kindness and generosity, and today, for your understanding.
“ I have no plans to play overseas, in fact, I hope I can continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket. I will continue to be the biggest supporter of Faf du Plessis and the Proteas.”
Twitterati’s Shocking Reaction on AB D Villiers Retirement
ICC bow down to you AB D Villiers
— ICC (@ICC) May 23, 2018
Sachin Tendulkar’s Reaction
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 23, 2018
Virender Sehwag’s reaction on AB D Villiers Retirement
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
Virat Kohli’s hasn’t reacted yet on AB D Villiers Retirement, but its true his #Superman has announced his retirement, his reaction after the mind-boggling catch vs SRH in #IPL2018
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 17, 2018
Cricket South Africa Current President, Chris Nenzani said:
“AB is one of the all-time greats of South African cricket who has thrilled spectators around the world with his sheer brilliance, coupled to his ability to innovate and take modern-day batting in all three formats but particularly in the white ball ones to new levels. What is probably more important is the inspiration he has been to his teammates whether playing at the international or domestic level and the wonderful role model he has been to all our aspiring youngsters.
It goes without saying that he is going to be greatly missed wherever international cricket is played. We thank him for the contribution he has made to South African cricket and specifically to make the Standard Bank Proteas world leaders and we wish him and his family everything of the best in his future endeavors.” 😥
“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 worn the colours of our beloved Standard Bank Proteas”
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) May 23, 2018
He has captained the Proteas with distinction in all the international formats and his many achievements include making our first double century in a Test in India in 2008 and being a key member of our Test side when they scored their first ever away series win in England and Australia and ascended to the No. 1 ranking in 2012.
His ability to improvise has made him known as Mr. 360 degrees in white ball cricket and we will never ever forget those remarkable innings that earned him the fastest 50. 100 and 150 in ODI cricket.
We are shocked & immensely grateful for Ab D Villiers Retirement what he has meant to South African cricket in all its constituencies and we wish him and his family everything of the best for the future.
Thank you, everyone and we wish very best of luck to AB D Villiers Retirement which he announced today
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