AB de Villiers retired from all cricket on Friday, ending a career that saw him flourish into one of his generation’s most gifted batsmen in any format, whether in test matches for his country or Twenty20 games for club teams across the world.
De Villiers had retired from all international cricket with South Africa in 2018 but remained a highly sought-after commodity and continued playing in various domestic T20 leagues, most noticeably with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
“It has been an incredible journey, but I have decided to retire from all cricket,” de Villiers said in a statement on his official Twitter account. “Ever since the backyard 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. That’s the reality I must accept – and, even if it may seem sudden, that is why I am making this announcement today. I’ve had my time.”
His RCB teammate Yuzvendra Chahal took to his social media to pen an emotional note for the retired cricketer.
“AB Sir… words will definitely not do justice to the respect and love I have for you but giving it a try today. Everyone around knows that I’m the least expressive person even when it comes to my professional life… but I still remember the first day of our interaction many years ago which went on for hours and hours.”
“You have a heart of gold and I know you understand me the best. Will definitely miss you. You provided me the strength and courage to conquer many things in life and I will always be grateful for you. From teaching cricket, giving life lessons to taking me for the most dangerous water ride at Atlantis.”
I’m really thankful for every moment I shared with you, SIR. You have a wonderful family and I don’t say this much but I WILL ALWAYS BE THERE ❤️ Love you, sir. You’re my legend and I’m your biggest fan. Forever ❤️🧿.