AB De Villiers Retires From International Cricket, Says He Is ‘Out Of Gas’

South Africa batting star AB de Villiers announced retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.

NDTV Sports report that the South Africa batting star AB de Villiers announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. AB de Villiers announced the decision via a video message on his Twitter handle. “I’ve made a big decision today,” De Villiers’ tweet message said. “Hi, this is the Tux Cricket Club, the high-performance centre in Pretoria where 14 seasons ago I arrived as a nervous youngster when I was first called into the Proteas squad. Today, at the same place, I want to let you know that I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect,” De Villiers said in the attached video message.

“After 114 Tests, 228 ODIs, 78 T20Is. It is time for others to take over. I have had my turn and to be honest I am tired. This is a tough decision. I have thought long and hard about it. I would like to retire still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series win against India and Australia, now feels the right time to step aside. It would not be right for me to pick and choose where and when and in what format I play for the Proteas. For me in green and gold, it must be everything or nothing. I will always be grateful to my teammates, coaches and the staff of Cricket South Africa for their support through all these years,” De Villiers said.

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South African star AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect on Wednesday (May 23), via a video on his app. “It’s about running out of gas and feeling that it is the right time to move on. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired,” he said.

“AB’s had a wonderful career. He’s done some freakish things in the game across all three forms of the game and has been a great servant for South Africa. But he’s been doing it for 12-years – a long, long time. By anyone’s standards, that’s a long career,” Joe Root said, singing praises about de Villiers according to Cricbuzz.

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TRIBUTES have flooded in as the cricket world remembers AB de Villiers’ biggest hits — and they don’t come much bigger than this.

The South African cricket superstar announced his retirement, effective immediately, from all forms of international cricket. As he said in a video posted on social media, 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20s for his country had left him with little more to give.

“I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired,” he said.

On sheer talent alone, few to have ever played the game are de Villiers’ equal. He may not have scored as many hundreds as his revered contemporaries but few will doubt he was on another planet ability-wise to almost everyone he played — both with the bat and in the field.

And never was that ability on show more than in two ODIs six weeks apart — both against a hapless West Indies outfit and both resulting in a storm the likes of which cricket has rarely seen as reported by News.au

Watch this video by The Quint as AB De Villiers announces his retirement.

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