AB de Villiers announces sudden retirement from international cricket


“Everything arrives at an end”, said a ‘drained’ De Villiers through a message via web-based networking media. South African batsman AB de Villiers has resigned from all types of international cricket with immediate impact. The 34-year-old broke the news to the world through a video message posted on his Twitter handle. This comes days after his IPL side, the Royal Challengers Bangalore, were thumped out of the continuous season.


“It’s time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired. It is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and I would like to retire while still playing decent cricket.”

“After the fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now feels the right time to step aside. It won’t be right for me to pick and choose where and when, and in what format I play for the Proteas. For the Green and Gold, it must be everything or nothing”, he said in the video.

Having made his beginning for South Africa in 2004, De Villiers played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs, and 78 T20Is. Viewed as one of the best batsmen of the advanced period, he holds a few batting records, including the speediest 50, 100 and 150 in ODIs.

He took a vacation from Test cricket from January 2016 to December 2017, so as to draw out his worldwide cricket, with an eye on taking an interest in the 2019 World Cup, set to be held in England. He likewise ventured down from captaincy in August 2017, however, came back to the Test side before the end of last year against Zimbabwe as a batsman.

In the IPL this year, he was in awesome scratch, scoring 480 keeps running from 12 diversions at a normal of 53.33. His side, Royal Challengers Bangalore, in any case, couldn’t fit the bill for the playoffs, finishing 6th on the focuses table with 12 focuses from 14 recreations.


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