Former South African Captain and one of the most loved batsman retires from international cricket with an immediate effect. The batsman who played 114 Tests, 78 T20 Internationals for South Africa and 228 One-Day Internationals says “I am tired”. He added that it was time for him to keep down his gloves and bring a halt to a marvelous 14-year cricket career.
On Wednesday, the South African cricket champ AB de Villiers announced his retirement. De Villiers made his exit from international cricket as a legendary player from the South African Cricket team. While announcing his retirement the 34-year-old played said- “the time is right’ for him to hang up his boots, bringing a close to a sterling 14-year career”.
“I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect,”- he added. Later on Wednesday, he said “After 114 Test matches, 228 ODI’s and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired.”
“This is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside.”
AB has a preternatural record that put a milestone to his name: the world record for the second highest individual test score for South Africa, the world record for ODI 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls).
Chris Nenzani the President of Cricket South Africa has expressed a deep dismal. He said with a heavy heart ‘De Villiers will be missed’.
“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.”- said Chris Nenzani.