AB de Villiers has been one of the most entertainers in the history of cricket. He started his International stint under Graeme Smith in 2004 and played many match-winning knocks for his team. De Villiers has introduced some unorthodox shots which earned him a name of ‘Mr. 360’.
His career has been marred by injuries, however, he did not bog them down. He took the hurdles by the scruff of their necks and surged ahead to entertain the crowd and rack up records. AB de Villiers never failed to entertain the crowds and has many records to his name.
After entertaining the crowd for over 14 years, the South African cricketer finally decided to retire from International cricket. He said ‘tiredness’ as a reason behind is retirement from International cricket. Recently, the retired cricketer delivered some words of wisdom, probably correlating with how his career panned out.
“When you enter the public stage, there is a lot of pressure on your shoulders to perform at the highest level every time. Any young player looking to succeed needs to make tough choices, work hard and always stay focused. Starting a family and recovering from injury, I managed to find a balance,” de Villiers said.
“There are a lot of distractions that any player must navigate in their career. It can feel like everyone wants a piece of you when you get closer to the top. To follow your dreams, to be honest, and to work hard at whatever you do. Whether you’re on the cricket pitch or at home: being true to yourself is the best,” he added.
The South Africa Test squad for the Sri Lanka tour has been announced. This is the first tour for South Africa after the retirement of Morne Morkel and AB de Villiers. South Africa will definitely miss the de Villiers’ service during the Test series against Sri Lanka.