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Ab De Villiers announces retirement from All Forms of International Cricket

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South Africa batting star AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from international cricket today

New Delhi:MNN: South Africa batting star AB de Villiers the 34-year-old announced the news on Twitter on Wednesday, posting a video to his followers.

AB de Villiers announced the decision via a video message on his Twitter handle.

“I’ve made a big decision today,” De Villiers tweet read.

“Hi, this is the Tux cricket club.

The high-performance centre in Pretoria where 14 seasons ago I arrived as a nervous youngster when I was first called into the Proteas squad.

Today at the same place, I want to let you know that I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect,” De Villiers said in a video message.

South Africa batting star AB de Villiers has always been vocal on his dream to win the World Cup.

The 34-year-old Abraham Benjamin de Villiers (born 17 February 1984), commonly known as AB de Villiers.

he bows out of international cricket as one of the greatest players to have represented South Africa, having played 114 Tests, 228 One-Day Internationals and 78 T20 Internationals.

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After 114 Test matches, 228 ODI’s and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over.

De Villiers’ 22nd – and final – Test century came against Australia in March.

A former Test captain, he holds the record for the fastest one-day century, reaching three figures in just 31 balls against West Indies in January 2015.

He also holds the record for the fastest Test century by a South African, making 100 from 75 balls against India in 2011.

 

I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired,” De Villiers added.

“This is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and 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 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 team mates throughout my career.

I wouldn’t be half the player that I am without the support throughout the years.”

“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:AB de Villiers

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.”

De Villiers’ records and statistics are a true measure of the skill and brilliance.

AB de Villiers holds number of milestones to his name; the World Record for the fastest ODI 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls).

AB de Villiers is the second highest individual Test score for South Africa (278*), the highest points (935) by a South African on the ICC Test rankings.

AB de Villiers has claimed the coveted SA Cricketer of the Year award twice

He retires with an incredible Test average of 50.66 and as the fourth-highest run-scorer for South Africa with 8765 runs (22 100’s).

His exploits in the limited-overs formats have been extraordinary.

AB de Villiers finishes as the No.2 ranked player in the world.

He is the second highest run-scorer behind Jacques Kallis with 9577 runs at an average of 53.50.

De Villiers’ former team-mate Jacques Kallis is on top of his country’s list with 11579 runs at an average of 44.36, including 17 centuries and 86 fifties.

“AB is one of the all-time greats of South African cricket who has thrilled spectators around the world,” Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani said.

“It goes without saying that he is going to be greatly missed wherever international cricket is played.

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