5 reasons why AB de Villiers' decision to retire was selfish

On May 23, 2018, cricket's Mr 360 - AB de Villiers shocked fans and the cricket fraternity alike when he announced his retirement from international cricket in all formats. One of the most celebrated personalities of the game, AB was a distinguished cricketer in all formats and was a live wire in the field. He set new standards every time he set out on the field and got the respect from one and all.

One of the most successful and dominating cricketers - AB was a modern day stalwart, who gave us the indication of the shift and adaptability to the demands of the game. Cricket changed in the last decade or so, and AB thrived despite the situation and demands.

But was it wise to retire at a time when there was much more to achieve? Also with the ICC World Cup 2019 next year, was the timing sound? Only AB knows best on why he decided on the same. But we feel his decision was a tad selfish as far South African cricket is concerned. Here are the reasons why?

AB was in supreme form

Since start of the year against India in the Tests followed by the series against Australia, AB was superb in amassing runs and helping his side win matches. South Africa won both the Test series and AB played a crucial role in the middle-order. He scored five fifties and a century in these two series and was also the leading-run scorer. He followed it up with an excellent IPL 2018 campaign, where he amassed 480 runs in 12 games. So leaving the game amidst a superb run of form is pretty alarming.

He is just 34

AB said in his statement that the major reason behind his decision was that he was tired. In modern day cricket games come thick and fast with the situation being very taxing. But AB looked in control and performed exceptionally well. He never looked like a player playing with lack of confidence and dropped shoulders. Also his performances in the field was brilliant.

ICC 2019 World Cup a year away

With the coveted tourney just less than a year away, AB's timing couldn't have come at a worse phase. Even if he felt tired, then he could have at least skipped tourneys like IPL and international T20Is to focus mainly on Tests and ODIs. But he rather chose to go the other way and played in a demanding tourney like IPL. South Africa needed a match-winner like AB to shine at the World Cup, but now this chance is gone.

Domestic T20 leagues the attraction

Recently the player stated that he will play for Titans in South Africa and also RCB in the IPL. With the money spinning leagues consuming a lot of time and energy, it is shocking that AB chose to go ahead with the IPL in particular which ends days before the World Cup. What if he could have skipped the same and chosen to play the mega ICC tourney?

Dodged SA hopes

He was one of the most experienced players in the Proteas set-up. And at least till 2019, they needed their hero. SA's chances in 2019 now has been limited with AB's retirement. Now they need to do all the hard work in building a side. Can the player who replaces AB tick? Can he have a say in England next year as much as AB would have had?


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