AB de Villiers, the South African superstar, announced his retirement “from all cricket” on Twitter on Friday, claiming that the “light no longer burns so brightly” at the age of 37. De Villiers, widely considered as one of the best batters of his generation, last appeared in an international match in April 2018 in Johannesburg, where he participated in a Test against Australia. On February 16, 2018, he last played for South Africa in an ODI against India in Centurion, and on October 29, 2017, he last played for his country in the shortest format.
In a series of tweets, De Villiers announced his retirement.
“It’s been a wonderful ride, but I’ve decided to call it a day on cricket. I’ve been playing the game with unfettered zeal and sheer fun since the backyard bouts with my older siblings. That light no longer burns as brightly at 37 years old “stated the South African.
“That is the truth I must embrace, and it is for this reason that I am making my news today, even though it may appear abrupt. I’ve got my fill of it. Cricket has been quite generous to me. Cricket has been quite generous to me. Whether it was for the Titans, Proteas, RCB, or all across the world, the game has provided me with unimaginable experiences and possibilities, for which I will be always thankful.”
“Last but not least, I recognise that none of this would have been possible without the sacrifices made by my family – my parents, brothers, wife Danielle, and children. I’m looking forward to the next phase of our lives, when I’ll be able to properly prioritise them. I’d like to thank every teammate, opponent, coach, physio, and staff member who has followed in my footsteps, and I’m honoured by the support I’ve had in South Africa, India, and wherever else I’ve played “de Villiers stated.
De Villiers continues to demonstrate his talents in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the Royal Challengers Bangalore despite not playing for South Africa in almost three years.
On and off the field, the South African and Indian run-machine Virat Kohli forged a strong connection.