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South Africa legend AB de Villiers announces retirement from international cricket

South Africa legend AB de Villiers announces retirement from international cricket

AB de Villiers, known for his innovative and insouciant strokeplay, and hailed as one of the greatest entertainers in contemporary cricket, said he was "tired, and out of gas" as he announced his retirement from global cricket on Wednesday. After fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now feels the right time to step aside. Was great to be a part of it AB de Villiers. De Villiers, 34, is one of the world's top-rated players and the news left all the cricket fans shocked. "Thank you great man for your wonderful match-winning performances, skillful captaincy and most of all your humility".

Cricket South Africa President Chris Nenzani said "AB is one of the all-time greats of South African cricket who has thrilled spectators around the world with his sheer brilliance". Mr. 360º aka AB de Villiers is one such batsman with zero haters across the globe. The announcement brings the curtains down on a glorious 14-year career, in which he has featured in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20s for South Africa. Starting out as a wicketkeeper-batsman, he finished his career with 463 catches, including those behind the wicket and in the field, as well as 17 stumpings in all worldwide cricket.

De Villiers does not have plans of playing overseas. But he has been an unbelievable advert to how I would have loved to have played all three formats. It's about running out of gas and feeling that it is the right time to move on. "I will remain the biggest supporter of Faf du Plessis and the Proteas". He returned late 2017, as captain, in the four-day Test against Zimbabwe at the start of South Africa's home season, pledging his allegiance to all three formats. He has 22 centuries and 46 half-centuries to his name in cricket's longest format.

The Test series against Australia was perhaps Markram's coming of age. This was his seventh Test ton and helped South Africa to the second-highest run chase in Test history and a six-wicket triumph.

The legendary AB de Villiers has stunned the world of cricket by announcing his retirement from all forms of worldwide cricket. "We knew it was coming but I thought he would give the World Cup another shot".

De Villiers perhaps preempted potential criticism of the decision by insisting it was not about money or an overseas contract. He was the most exciting player on the planet at this point, bludgeoning his way to the fastest 150 in ODI history, and it is frightening to think how many he would have scored had he come in earlier.

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