AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from all forms of the game. Villiers will not participate even in any of the franchise’s games from now on. Villiers retired from International Cricket in 2018. De Villiers announced his retirement on Twitter and said “It has been an incredible journey, but I have decided to retire from all cricket,” de Villiers announced on Twitter. “Ever since the backyard matches with my older brothers, I have played the game with pure enjoyment and unbridled enthusiasm. Now, at the age of 37, that flame no longer burns so brightly”
De Villiers scored 8,765 in 114 test matches and was the first South African to score a double century against India at Ahmedabad. While batting against the West Indies in 2015, he made the world record of reaching the 100 fastest in just 31 balls. De Villiers thanked Cricket South Africa.
De Villiers made their International debut in 2004 and under his captaincy, South Africa reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup event. De Villers has been one of the top performers for Royal Challengers Banglore and has remained with the franchise since its inception. He was also the men’s ODI player of the year on three occasions 2010, 2014 and 2015.
In a video posted by De Villiers, he expressed that he will be an RCBian for life and that the RCB setup has been like a family to him.
Virat Kohli said “I Love you, Our bond is beyond the game and will always be”
Kohli took to Twitter and expressed an emotional message for his RCB Team mate. Calling him as the most inspiring person he has met, Kohli said “To the best player of our times and the most inspirational person I’ve met, you can be very proud of what you’ve done and what you’ve given to RCB my brother. Our bond is beyond the game and will always be. This hurts my heart but I know you’ve made the best decision for yourself and your family like you’ve always done. I love you @ABdeVilliers17,””
Commentator Harsha Bhogle reacting to the news of De Villiers retirement expressed he is the most influential player of his generation. He further said that countless fans of RCB would love to send him a send-off.
Looked upto him in early days : Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer said he always looked up to Mr 360 and that its an honor to play alongside him.
Loved Watching: Michael Vaughan
Calling him as the best across all the games, Michael Vaughan said that he loved watching him play and that his batting is good on the eye too.
One of the true Modern Greats :VVS Laxman
Laxman congratulated De Villers on his fabulous career and said that he was one of the true modern greats and an inspiration to many. He also wished him the best for second innings of life.
Thoroughly enjoyed your batting exploits: Anil Kumble
The retired leg-spinner heaped praises on De Villers and said that he was enjoyed all his batting exploits.
Lucky to be on the same cricket field as you: Faf Du Plesis
The former South African captain said that the game will not be same without him and that he is lucky to be have shared the same cricketing field with him.
Pleasure watching you unleash your talent:Alex Tudor
The former England fast bowler said that it was a pleasure watching him unleash the talent and that his cricketing career has brought joy to many around the world.