AB de Villiers has announced his end to international cricket career for South Africa on Wednesday. The cricket world is shocked at his announcement. International Cricket Council (ICC) has a message for the veteran.
ICC CEO David Richardson echoed the words ‘international cricket will miss him’ with other fans. He has wished AB a best of luck for his future.
“AB is undoubtedly one of cricket’s great entertainers and a genuinely special and instinctive talent. Time and time again he has left cricket fans around the world marveling at his feats with the bat and in the field. International cricket will sorely miss him,” said Richardson.
“His outstanding international record reflects the kind of dominance he has had over bowlers and I thank him on behalf of the ICC for a fine career and an outstanding contribution to cricket and wish him all the best for the future.”
de Villiers has played 228 ODIs (223 for South Africa), 114 Tests and 78 T20Is and scored 20,014 runs overall including 47 centuries and 109 half-centuries. He also held 463 catches and 17 stumpings.
In World Cups, the Protea aggregated 1207 runs including four hundreds in 23 matches at an average of 63.5. He made 162* off 66 balls against Windies in 2015 World Cup in Sydney creating the record for fastest ODI 150 (64 balls).
de Villiers also holds the record for fastest ODI 50 and 100 (16 and 31 balls respectively) which he achieved in Johannesburg ODI against Windies in January 2015. He also held South Africa’s highest Test score of 278* (vs Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, 2010) before Hashim Amla broke it with 311*.