AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He has already retired from international cricket. Now, this player has also said goodbye to franchise cricket. Now AB de Villiers will neither be seen playing in IPL nor Big Bash, PSL or any other league. De Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of cricket by tweeting,
It has been an incredible journey, but I have decided to retire from all of cricket. I started playing cricket with my elder brothers in my backyard. Since then, I have played this game with complete joy and fearlessness. Now at the age of 37, that flame no longer burns as fast.
AB de Villiers Retirement From All Cricket
It has been an incredible journey, but I have decided to retire from all cricket.
Ever since the back yard matches with my older brothers, I have played the game with pure enjoyment and unbridled enthusiasm. Now, at the age of 37, that flame no longer burns so brightly. pic.twitter.com/W1Z41wFeli
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) November 19, 2021
De Villiers wrote that cricket has been exceptionally kind to him. They said,
Be it Titans or Proteas, or RCB, this game has given me incredible experiences and opportunities. For this, I will always be grateful. I want to thank the teammates, rivals, coaches, physios and every support member. Wherever I have played in South Africa and India, I have got support.
I am humble about that. I know nothing would have been possible without the sacrifices of my family – my parents, my brother, my wife Danielle and my children. I look forward to the next chapter of my life when I can have them in the first place. This is the reality that I must accept. It may seem sudden, but today I am announcing my retirement.
How was IPL career?
AB de Villiers, popularly known as Mr 360 in the cricket world, scored 5162 runs in 184 matches at an average of 39.70 in the IPL. These include three centuries and 40 half-centuries. De Villiers’ bat spoke fiercely in the first phase of IPL-14.
During this, de Villiers made 207 in seven matches at an excellent average of 51.75. However, his bat remained silent in the second phase. Apart from RCB, he has also played for Delhi Daredevils.
After announcing his retirement on 19 November, IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore tweeted. It said,
AB de Villiers has retired from cricket. The end of an era. There is no one like you, Abby. We will miss you very much at RCB. I love the team you did for the fans—happy retirement legend.
Announcement 🔊 @ABdeVilliers17 retires from all cricket
End of an era! 😔 There’s nobody like you, AB. We’ll miss you dearly at RCB. ❤️ For all that you’ve done and given to the team, to the fans, and to cricket lovers in general, #ThankYouAB 🙏🏼 Happy retirement, legend! pic.twitter.com/JivSPTVn88
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) November 19, 2021
How was your international career?
Abraham Benjamin de Villiers. One of the most loved players in the world. De Villiers is the most loved foreign player in India. He had said goodbye to international cricket in the year 2018. Till then, in 91 innings of 114 Test matches, AB had scored 8765 runs at an average of 50.66. These include 22 centuries and 46 half-centuries. His highest score on the test is 278.
At the same time, AB de Villiers played 228 ODIs. In this, he has scored 9577 runs at an average of 53.50. He has 25 centuries and 53 half-centuries to his name in ODIs. His highest score in ODI cricket is 176 runs.
In T20, de Villiers scored 1672 runs in 78 matches for his country. During this, his average was 26.12. He has ten half-centuries to his name in the shortest format of the game, and his highest score of 79 is not out.
On the go, also know that the autobiography of AB de Villiers has also arrived, whose name is ‘AB – The Autobiography’.