South African cricketer AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Due to this, his country and the cricket lovers of other countries are very sad. AB de Villiers’ last match was played with RCB in IPL 2021. A cricketer for whom not only his own country but also people of opposition countries used to clap. It is reported that he had spoken to RCB before retiring. During this, he said that I would be an Rcbian for the rest of my life. Everyone at RCB is like family to me, people will come and go, but the love and respect that RCB has given will always remain intact.
An example of how famous AB de Villiers was in India was seen in 2015. In 2015, the match between India and South Africa was going on at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. All the great players of the Indian team were present on the field, such as Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, etc. Despite this, the entire stadium was resonating with the name AB AB. It is very rare to see that the people of India have given so much love to a foreign player.
South African batsman AB de Villiers is known in the world as Mr 360. His full name is Abraham Benjamin de Villiers. He made his international debut in 2004 in a Test match against England. Also, he has captained South Africa in all forms of cricket. He was a right-handed batsman. His highest individual score is 278, not out. De Villiers is a three-time ICC ODI Player of the Year, having won the award in 2010, 2014, and 2015.
AB De Villiers Retirement
Explosive batsman AB de Villiers retired from all forms of cricket on 19 November. His fans have been shocked by his decision. His decision also broke his relationship with the IPL team RCB, due to which the fans of RCB are also very disappointed. While retiring, he said, “It has been an extraordinary journey. I have decided to retire from all forms of cricket. From playing at home with my elder brothers to playing in the field, I have enjoyed the game to the fullest. Now at the age of 35, I feel the flame is no longer so bright. I know this would not have been possible without the support of my parents, brothers, wife, and children. I want to start a new chapter in our life in which I can put my family first”.
Last, I am aware that nothing would have been possible without the sacrifices made by my family – my parents, my brothers, my wife Danielle and my children. I look forward to the next chapter of our lives when I can truly put them first.— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) November 19, 2021
AB de Villiers further says, “Wherever I have played matches, be it India or South Africa, thank you for the support I have received. This sport has given me unimaginable experiences and opportunities. Even if it seems like a decision taken suddenly, but I have taken this decision very carefully.
De Villiers holds many batting records, which make him famous at the international level as well. Apart from domestic cricket and RCB, he also played for Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League. However, AB De Villiers took retirement from the international match in 2018 itself. He has contributed to 114 Tests, 228 ODIs, and 78 T20 Internationals for South Africa. AB De Villiers has scored
- 8765 runs in Tests at an average of 50.66,
- 9577 runs at 53.50 in ODIs (25 century),
- 1672 runs in T20s at an average of 26.1of strike rate 135.16.
AB de Villiers’ performance in IPL
AB de Villiers has had a very good performance in the IPL. He has played 184 matches and scored 5162 runs. His strike rate in IPL has been 151.68. He has hitten
- three centuries in the overall league,
- 40 fifties
- 413 fours
- 251 sixes
AB De Villiers is at number six among all players who have scored more than five thousand runs in IPL. In addition, De Villiers is second in terms of hitting most sixes in IPL. Chris Gayle is in the case of hitting a six above him. He holds the record for making the third-highest individual score 133 in IPL. He scored a century in 43 balls against Gujarat Lions in 2016. In this way, he had reached fifth place in scoring the fastest century in the IPL, which remains intact even today. After this announcement of AB De Villiers, many players of South Africa, as well as India, wished him well, like Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, etc.
We’ll miss you @ABdeVilliers17— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) November 20, 2021
A heartfelt THANK YOU for all the memories, AB! You will always be a part of the RCB Family. 🤗#PlayBold #ThankYouAB #WeAreChallengers pic.twitter.com/CgbLFWiRrA
This hurts my heart but I know you’ve made the best decision for yourself and your family like you’ve always done. 💔I love you 💔 @ABdeVilliers17— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 19, 2021
Thank you #ABDevilliers for leaving behind such great memories in cricket. Your journey has been amazing & I wish you all the best for the future! 🙌 https://t.co/MQ3BoFqb0Y— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) November 19, 2021
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