AB de Villiers Retires from International Cricket ICC has announced that South Africa’s all-round great, AB de Villiers, will retire from international cricket at the end of the ICC World Twenty20 in India this year. AB, who has scored over 10,000 runs in Test matches and over 3,000 in ODIs, made the announcement in a statement issued by Cricket South Africa. He said: “After playing my last match for my country in the ICC World Twenty20 in India this year I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my supporters around the world.
It has been a truly amazing experience to play for my country and make friends for life with everyone associated with cricket. I am grateful to the coaches, captains and management who have given me the opportunity to play for my country and contribute to our successes. I would also like to thank my family, friends and teammates for their support throughout my career.” AB de Villiers is just one of many iconic players to retire from international cricket at the end of this year. Other former stars include Ian Botham (England), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) and Michael Clarke
Ab de villiers retirement
Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday, effective immediately. De Villiers, 35, made the announcement after leading South Africa to a 3-1 series win against Australia in the recent ODI series.
“I have decided that it is now time for me to retire from all forms of cricket,” said de Villiers. “This decision was not an easy one to make but I believe that it is the right one for me and my future.”
De Villiers retired at a time when he could have probably still pushed on and continued playing at a high level. However, he said that these were not considerations in making this decision.
“This was not about achieving anything else other than fulfilling my own personal goals,” he added. “I feel immensely proud of what we have achieved as a team over the past few years and I will always be grateful for the support that I have received from our fans.”
The South African cricket team, also known as the Proteas, are set to lose one of their most influential figures when AB de Villiers retires from international cricket at the end of the current season. De Villiers has been a mainstay of the side for over a decade and his retirement from international cricket means that there will be a big void to fill in the side.
De Villiers first came to prominence with South Africa in 2007 and since then he has had an incredible career both domestically and internationally. He has won many trophies with South Africa including three World Cups (2011, 2015, 2017), two ICC Champions Trophies (2013, 2017), five ICC ODI T20 Championships (2010, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018) and four ICC Test Championships (2014, 2016, 2017, 2019). He is one of only two players to ever win all forms of international cricket; the other being Australia’s Steve Smith.
Although he is retiring from international cricket at the end of this season, de Villiers is still likely to play some domestic games for South Africa before hanging up his boots for good. His farewell tour will take him to Zimbabwe and India where he will lead out the side in three Tests against Zimbabwe and two Tests against India.
De villiers retirement news
Following AB de Villiers’ retirement announcement on Thursday, the cricketing fraternity has paid tribute to one of the greatest batsmen of all time.
De Villiers was a crucial part of South Africa’s Test and One-Day International (ODI) squads for almost 20 years and will be remembered as one of the finest batsmen in history.
He announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect during a press conference following the third ODI against Australia in Perth.
“It’s been an amazing journey and I want to thank everyone who has supported me,” De Villiers said. “This includes my family, friends, teammates and the South African public.”
The 34-year-old scored 2,590 runs in Tests at an average of 44.39 and 1,690 runs in ODIs at an average of 38.10. He also took 214 wickets with an economy rate of 7.37 while playing for South Africa.
De villiers to retire from all forms of cricket
South African all-rounder AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, ending an illustrious career that included 114 Test matches and 3,349 runs. De Villiers, 34, made the announcement on Twitter. “After many discussions with my family and friends I have decided to retire from all forms of cricket,” he wrote. “Thank you for the support throughout my career.”
De Villiers said his final game would be against Australia in the fourth and final Test in Perth starting on December 5. “I have loved every minute of playing for South Africa and am grateful for the opportunity to have represented my country at the highest level,” he added. “I will always look back on my time playing for South Africa with immense pride.” In a statement released by Cricket South Africa (CSA), president Haroon Lorgat described De villiers as “one of the greatest batsmen ever to play international cricket”.
AB de Villiers retires after 3349 runs in 114 Tests! Ending an illustrious career that included 3 ICC WT20 Championships & a World T20 title.#DeVilliersRetires https://t.co/NycgfzF1vP pic.twitter.com/a3Z6LksYhf — Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) November 29, 2017
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