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AB de Villiers thanks everyone for love and support in emotional Twitter post

Tributes have been pouring in for AB de Villiers ever since the South Africa cricket team great announced his retirement from international cricket.

cricket Updated: May 25, 2018 12:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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AB represented South Africa cricket team in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is in a career that spanned 14 years.(AFP)

Two days after announcing his shock retirement from international cricket via a video message on Twitter, AB de Villiers took to the micro blogging site again to thank his fans and cricketers from past and present for their love and support.

Ever since the news of his retirement went public, tributes poured in from all quarters for the South Africa cricket team great who was often dubbed a 360 degree batsman for his ability to hit shots all around the ground. Many, including cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, highlighted De Villiers’ 360 degree capability in their tributes.

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“Like your on-field game, may you have 360-degree success off the field as well. You will definitely be missed, @ABdeVilliers17. My best wishes to you,” Tendulkar said in his Twitter post on Thursday.

On Friday, De Villiers went on to thank them all in his emotional post.

“Thank you to everyone - especially the players past and present, MY TEAMMATES and opponents - for their good wishes and understanding. The last few days have been tough and emotional, but I’m taken aback by all the love and support! #proteafire for life (sic),” De Villiers wrote in his tweet.

Considered one of the best batsmen of modern generation, De Villiers made his international debut against England in 2004 at Port Elizabeth. In the 14 years since then, he represented South Africa in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is.

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His international records are exemplary -- he averaged over 50 in both Tests and ODIs. He also holds the record for scoring the fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODIs.

The 34-year-old had a massive fan following in India too where he became an extremely popular figure while playing for Royal Challengers Banglore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was in sublime form in this year’s IPL too, amassing 480 runs from 12 matches at an impressive average of 53.33 and an astonishing strike rate of 174.54.

First Published: May 25, 2018 11:52 IST