Saturday, 04 December 2021

de Villiers announced retirement from all forms of cricket

de Villiers announced retirement from all forms of cricket

On Friday, one of the most outstanding cricket's most incredible batters, South African player de Villiers announced retirement from all forms of game, which he dominated for 17 years with his 360-degree batting.

The 37-year-old round cricketer's decision has effectively ended his association with his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.

He announced on Twitter, ending an illustrious career, he played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs, and 78 T20Is for South Africa.

In a statement by De Villiers said: "It has been an incredible journey, but I have decide to retire from all forms of cricket game.

"Ever since the matches with my older brothers, I have played the game with pure joy and wild enthusiasm. Now, at the age of 37, that blaze no longer burns so brightly.

"Last, I am also aware that nothing it would impossible without the sacrifices made by my family, my wife, my brothers, my parents Danielle and my children. I look forward to the next part of our lives when I can truly put them first." The former Proteas captain and batting pillar had retired from international cricket in the year 2018.

de Villiers announced retirement from all forms of cricket 1Twitter image : @ABdeVilliers17

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"I would like to thank every opponent, every teammate, every coach, every physio, and every staff member who has traveled the same way, and I am humbled by the support I have got in South Africa, in India, wherever I have played.

"Cricket has been exceptionally kind to me. Whether for the Titans, the Proteas, RCB, or worldwide, the game has given me unexpected experiences and chances, and I will always be so grateful.

de Villiers added.

"That's the reality I must accept and, even if it may look sudden, that is why I am making the announcement today. I've had my time,"

AB has played 156 matches for the Bangalore franchise and scored 4,491 runs. He is the second leading run-scorer behind Kohli. He holds the second and third-highest individual run total in RCB franchise history, with 133 not out against MI in 2015 and 129 not out against GL in 2016.

Speaking about his associations with the Indian club, AB said, "I have had a long and significant time playing for the Bangalore franchise.

"Of course, arriving at a decision took a lot of time, but after a lot of thinking, I've decided to hang up my boots and spend quality time with my family. I want to thank the RCB administration, my friend Virat Kohli, support staff, coaches, teammates, fans, and the entire RCB family for showing trust and supporting me all through the years.

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