Former Proteas skipper AB De Villiers, also known as Mr 360 announced his retirement from all formats of the game with immediate effect. The announcement was made via a short video clip last evening.
De Villiers said he has “run out of gas” and was “tired” after 114 Test matches, 228 one-day internationals and 78 Twenty20 for South Africa. The 34-year-old will go down as one of the greats, though he could have continued at least until the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019.
“I’ve had my turn and, to be honest, I’m tired. This is a tough decision. I’ve thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire still playing decent cricket. It would not be right for me to pick and choose where, when and in what format I play for the Proteas. For me, in green and gold, it must be everything or nothing,” said De Villiers.
De Villiers was back in form, playing alongside Virat Kohli for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ongoing Indian Premier League. He single-handedly took the franchise to a couple of wins a few weeks back.
De Villiers with 8,765 Test runs for South Africa, has a batting average of over 50 in both Test and ODI cricket. He holds a number of international records, namely, the fastest ODI century in just 31 balls against West Indies and the fastest Test century by a South African, making 100 from 75 balls against India.
The 34-year-old announced he has no plans to play overseas but hopes to be available for domestic cricket in South Africa.
De Villiers with his announcement, unsettled millions of fans from around the world but he was not criticised for his decision. Soon after the announcement, RCB posted a tweet and urged Villiers to return to Bangalore. However, it is not clear if he will return at all.
“It’s not about earning more somewhere else, it’s about running out of gas and feeling that it is the right time to move on. Everything comes to an end. To the cricket fans around South Africa and the World, thank you for your kindness and generosity, and today, for your understanding,” concluded De Villiers.
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