Proteas batting wizard AB de Villiers stunned the cricketing fraternity on Wednesday (May 23) by announcing a shock retirement from international cricket. The swashbuckling batsman conveyed this emotional news to his fans via Twitter and his official app.
De Villiers, who made his international debut way back in 2004, boasts of quite a few world records to his name. He is the proud owner of the record of being the quickest to reach fifty (16 balls), hundred (31 balls) and 150 runs (64 balls) in one-day internationals. Moreover, AB is the only batsman in the history of ODI cricket to have an average of above 50 with a strike-rate of 100+.
During his 14-year long cricket career, De Villiers amassed 9577 ODI runs in 228 matches at an average and strike-rate of 53.50 and 101.09 respectively. Besides, the 34-year-old batting genius has also proved his mettle in the longest format. AB has scored 8765 runs in 114 Tests at an average of 50.66 with 22 centuries and 46 fifties.
A modern-day phenomenon, De Villiers recently played an instrumental role in South Africa’s Test series triumphs over India and Australia.
As the revered cricketer calls time on his illustrious career, wishes poured in for him from the cricketing fraternity.
Here are some of the tweets congratulating De Villiers for an outstanding career and wishing him all the best for his second innings:
“Cricket is a very simple game KL. The more u keep it that way the more the game will give you back.”— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) May 23, 2018
This Is the advice this great man gave me when I was 21. You will always be my Favourite Cricketer @ABdeVilliers17 ???????????? #ThankYouABD pic.twitter.com/ceGpu5uw8j