AB De Villiers stepped down from South Africa's Test captaincy with immediate effect on 12 December 2016. He endorsed Faf du Plessis’s name to take over his role permanently, which was confirmed by Cricket South Africa.
While stepping down, de Villiers said he decided to step down from the position because interest of the team should always be kept above the interests of any individual, including me.
He led the Proteas in two Test matches against England, before injury forced him to miss the series against New Zealand and Australia.
Cricket South Africa Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat said, ‘AB has always carried himself as a true team player and his decision to step down confirms his attitude to put the team first’.
De Villiers, who stepped down as the captain of South African Cricket team, was appointed to the post in January 2016. He succeeded Hashim Amla, who resigned from the position.
Later, he was ruled out of the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka after he failed to recover sufficiently from an elbow injury.
De Villiers Injury
He faced an elbow injury during in the Caribbean Premier League in July 2016 but was targeting to join the team during the Sri Lanka Test series that will start on 26 December 2016. But, he failed to do so after undergoing a surgery of his left elbow in October 2016. His surgeon suggested three-month rehabilitation to him.