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Virat Kohli bids emotional farewell to ‘brother’ AB de Villiers

Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team captain, sent a heartfelt message to AB de Villiers, who retired from international cricket earlier this week.

cricket Updated: May 26, 2018 16:57 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Virat Kohli,AB de Villiers,Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have had some great partnerships for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). (PTI )

Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper, on Saturday took to social media to pay tribute to “brother” AB de Villiers after the South African great announced his decision to quit international cricket. (IPL 2018 FULL COVERAGE)

Kohli heaped praise on his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate and congratulated him on his illustrious career.

“Wish you all the best in everything that you do my brother. You’ve changed the way batting was seen in the time you’ve played international cricket. My best wishes to you and your family for this amazing journey ahead @ABdeVilliers17,” Kohli tweeted.

One of contemporary cricket’s greatest batsmen, De Villiers made the announcement to retire from all forms of cricket, claiming to be “out of gas” after 14 years in the top flight earlier this week.

De Villiers ends his career with 8,765 runs in 114 Tests with 22 centuries (average 50.66), 9,577 runs in 228 ODIs with 25 centuries and 1,672 runs in 78 T20Is with 10 half-centuries.

Starting out as a wicketkeeper-batsman, he finished his career with 463 catches, including those behind the wicket and in the field, as well as 17 stumpings, in all international cricket.

First Published: May 26, 2018 16:52 IST