On May 23, AB de Villiers shocked the cricket world with his all of a sudden announcement of retirement. With no prior sting about the decision, the disclosure brought a shockwave to fans and cricket followers all around the globe including past greats and legends of crickets.
Phrased as a 360 degree batsman for his unparalleled ability of make strokes in all angles of the ground, de Villiers has been one of the greatest entertainers of the modern era. Tributes started pouring from all corners of the cricket world to the South African legend after his retirement release.
Two days after, AB de Villiers took the twitter on and thanked everyone for the unconditional love.
“Thank you to everyone – especially the players past and present, MY TEAMMATES and opponents – for their good wishes and understanding. The last few days have been tough and emotional, but I’m taken aback by all the love and support! #proteafire for life,” it read.
Considered as one of the best batsmen of modern generation, De Villiers made his international debut against England in 2004 at Port Elizabeth. In the 14 years since then, he represented South Africa in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is. He averaged over 50 in both Tests and ODIs. He also holds the record for scoring the fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODIs.
India’s living legend Sachin Tendulkar tweeted on Thursday saying, “Like your on-field game, may you have 360-degree success off the field as well. You will definitely be missed, @ABdeVilliers17. My best wishes to you.”
Cricket South Africa President, Chris Nenzani conveyed his heartfelt wishes for ABD following his retirement.
“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,” Nenzani said.
“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,” Cricket South Africa President further remarked.
AB de Villiers took to Twitter on Wednesday and posted a video where he said, “I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect. After 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over”.