He will go down in history as one of the greatest players the game has ever seen, and it was a sad day for cricket fans worldwide when the legendary South African batsman AB de Villiers posted a video on Twitter announcing his retirement from international cricket.
I’ve made a big decision today pic.twitter.com/In0jyquPOK
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 23, 2018
Over 14 years AB has played 228 ODIs, 114 tests and 78 T20 matches. He holds three world records for the scoring the fastest 50, 100 and 150 ever seen in an ODI.
A new documentary series has been released to showcase the greatest moments of the cricketing legend. It’s called simply ‘AB de Villiers’ and in it’s four episodes – you’ll see AB breaking all the records and hear from other sporting legends paying tribute to him. Watch it now »
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
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 24, 2018
In de Villiers’ retirement video he said that his retirement was not about money or a foreign contract. The star batsman was also getting public flak after he made himself unavailable for two major test matches due to “workload management”.
“It would not be right for me to pick and choose where, when and in what format I play for the Proteas… For me, in the green and gold, it must be everything or nothing. I will always be grateful to the coaches and staff of Cricket South Africa for their support through all these years. The most important thank you goes out to all of my teammates throughout my career, I wouldn’t be half the player that I am without the support throughout the years.” Said de Villiers in the video.
“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. To the cricket fans around South Africa and the World, thank you for your kindness and generosity, and today, for your understanding.
“I have no plans to play overseas, in fact, I hope I can continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket. I will continue to be the biggest supporter of Faf du Plessis and the Proteas.”