AB de Villiers announces retirement from all forms of cricket
Star South Africa batsman AB de Villiers announced his decision to retire from all forms of cricket with immediate effect on May 23. The cricketer made the announcement through a video message, in which he said that he had run out of gas.
Star South Africa batsman AB de Villiers announced his decision to retire from all forms of cricket with immediate effect on May 23, 2018.
The cricketer made the announcement through a video message, in which he said that he had "run out of gas." The 34-year-old batsman said that the time was right for him to hang up his boots, bringing a close to his exceptional 14-year career.
• Overall, De Villiers has played a total of 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals.
• He signed off his career with a staggering 20,014 international runs including 8765 in Tests, 9577 in ODIs and 1672 in T20Is and a batting average of over 50 in both Tests and ODIs.
• He would, however, continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket.
• De Villiers is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He holds many batting records, including the world's fastest ODI 50, 100 and 150, the fastest Test century by a South African and the fastest T20I 50 by a South African.
• He also holds the record for most Test innings without registering a duck (78).
• He was also a three-time ICC ODI player of the year, winning the award in 2010, 2014 and 2015.
About AB de Villiers
• AB de Villiers began his international career as a wicket-keeper/batsman. He was an occasional wicketkeeper until he handed the gloves to debutant Quinton de Kock in 2015.
• He batted at various positions in the batting order but predominantly in the middle-order.
• Noted as one of the most innovative batsmen in the modern game, De Villiers was known for his many unorthodox shots behind the wicket-keeper and slips, which earned him the nickname Mr. 360.
• He made his international debut in a Test match against England in 2004 and played his first ODI in early 2005. He made his debut in Twenty20 International cricket in 2006.
• He succeeded Graeme Smith after the 2011 Cricket World Cup for the ODI captaincy and Hashim Amla after the second test of England in South Africa series for the Test captaincy.
• He stepped down from test captaincy in December 2016 due to an elbow injury which kept him out of the team for a long period.
• However, with defeats in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy and England series, he stepped down from limited over captaincy as well.
• He played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.