Today, one of cricket’s greatest batters, South African legend AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of the game, which he conquered for 17 years with his 360 degree batting. The 37-year-old versatile cricketer’s decision has effectively ended his association with his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.
He shared this saddening news on Twitter, ending an illustrious career, which saw him play in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is. De Villiers said, “It has been an incredible journey, but I have decided to retire from all cricket. Ever since the backyard matches with my older brothers, I have played the game with pure enjoyment and unbridled enthusiasm. Now, at the age of 37, that flame no longer burns so brightly. Last, I am aware that nothing would have been possible without the sacrifices made by my family – my parents, my brothers, my wife Danielle and my children. I look forward to the next chapter of our lives when I can truly put them first.”
The former South Africa captain and batting mainstay had retired from international cricket in 2018. De Villiers has played 156 matches for RCB and scored 4,491 runs. He is the second all-time leading run scorer and holds the second and third-highest individual run total in RCB history with 133 not out. De Villiers has played 114 Tests and scored 8,765 runs at an average of 50.66. He has also taken two Test wickets. His highest score was 278 not out and also has 22 centuries against his name.
He has been a 360 degree player in ODIs and T20 Internationals. De Villiers has played 228 ODIs and scored 9577 runs at an impressive average of 53.50. His highest score in ODIs was 176 at a strike rate of 101.09. He has scored 25 centuries in ODIs. He made his ODI debut in 2005 against England. In 78 T20 internationals, he has scored 1672 runs at an average of 26.12. He made his T20 international debut in 2006 against Australia.