Former South African captain and explosive batsman AB de Villiers have announced a retirement from international cricket, shocking everyone.
He recently participated in the league with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). According to the report of the cricket website ESPNcricinfo, he will not play in the bilateral series with Sri Lanka in July.
De Villiers is counted among the great batsmen of the present time. He has also been the captain of South Africa. He has scored 865 runs in 91 innings of 114 Tests for his country, with an average of 50.66, including 22 centuries and 46 half-centuries. His highest score in Test is 278.
At the same time, he has played 228 ODIs, of which he has scored 9,577 runs at an average of 53.50. In ODIs, his name includes 25 centuries and 53 half-centuries. His highest score in ODIs is 176 runs.
In T20, De Villiers has played 78 matches for his country and scored 1672 runs. In T20 he scored runs at an average of 26.12. In the smallest format of the game, his name is 10 fifties and his highest score is 79 not out.
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AB de Villiers described it as a tough decision and said that he is retiring from all formats of international cricket. De Villiers said through a video that he was thankful to his fans in South Africa and around the world. He said that he will be available for domestic cricket.
He said that this is the right time to retire and now it is time that the youth should be given an opportunity. AB De Villiers said, “My energy is over and I think it’s time to move forward. Everything ends a day. I have no plans to play overseas and hopefully, I will be available for the Titans (their home team). “
AB De Villiers, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL, said, “It is time now that no responsibility is handled. I had my own time and honestly, I am tired. This is a tough decision. I thought very much about it and I want to say goodbye while playing good cricket.
AB De Villiers said, “It’s time to say goodbye after a spectacular victory against India and Australia. It would not be right for me to decide on my own behalf that I want to play in South Africa and in what format. According to me, either you have to play in every match or not even in one. ‘