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AB de Villiers retirement: Cricket fans disappointed, teammates shocked

AB de Villiers announced his international retirement from all formats on Wednesday, leaving cricket fans all over the world stunned

cricket Updated: May 23, 2018 18:56 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
AB de Villiers announced his retirement from international cricket across all formats.
AB de Villiers announced his retirement from international cricket across all formats.(Getty Images)
         

AB de Villiers surprised the cricketing world on Wednesday by retiring from all formats in international cricket with immediate effect.

In a statement released on his official Twitter handle (@ABdeVilliers17), the 34-year-old dashing batsman from South Africa said, “After 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired. I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside. It’s not about earning more somewhere else, it’s about running out of gas and feeling that it is the right time to move on. Everything comes to an end.”

Fans paid tribute to AB de Villiers following his retirement.
Fans paid tribute to AB de Villiers following his retirement. ( Twitter )

The reaction of cricket fans, following the announcement, veered from disbelief, anguish and disappointment to praise and gratefulness. Most of the fans paid tribute to De Villiers for his outstanding batting achievements.

Former South Africa pacer Allan Donald was shocked at the announcement.

Allan Donald expressed shock at the announcement of AB de Villiers.
Allan Donald expressed shock at the announcement of AB de Villiers. ( Twitter )

“So shocked to (hear) AB de Villiers has decided to call time on his international career. But that’s just life and he feels it’s time to move on. Thank you great man for your amazing Match winning Performances, Skill Captaincy and most of all your Humility,” Donald tweeted.

Other fans questioned his decision to retire from international cricket with the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup in England just a year away.

Some cricket enthusiasts expressed disbelief at the retirement of AB de Villiers.
Some cricket enthusiasts expressed disbelief at the retirement of AB de Villiers. ( Twitter )

Dan Brettig, an Australian journalist, stated, “AB de Villiers destroyed Aust(ralia) earlier this year. The fact he’s retiring without taking a crack at the 2019 World Cup is disappointing.”

The phrase ‘run out of gas’ drew disbelief from social media, who cited that De Villiers had barely played international cricket in all formats over the last one year. “Tired of international cricket, it seems. The guy’s barely played any over the last couple of years. I’m tired of AB’s perennially shifting priorities,” tweeted an Indian sports journalist.

AB de Villiers had played international cricket for South Africa for 14 years.
AB de Villiers had played international cricket for South Africa for 14 years. ( Twitter )

The 34-year-old, known as Mr 360 for his ability to play innovative shots, holds the record for the fastest 50, fastest 100 and fastest 150 in ODIs, all coming against West Indies. He smashed a 31-ball 100 in Johannesburg in 2015 and hit a 66-ball 162 in the 2015 World Cup encounter in Sydney.

In the Indian Premier League, De Villiers has scored 3953 runs at a strike-rate of over 150.

First Published: May 23, 2018 18:29 IST

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