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AB de Villiers Announces Retirement From International Cricket In All Formats

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| May 23 , 2018 , 17:28 IST

Named among one of the greatest South African cricketers, AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from International cricket in all formats with immediate effect. Having made his debut in 2004, the 34-year-old has grown in stature as his career has progressed.

Having played a stellar game at the Indian Premier League while batting for Royal Challengers Bangalore, his decision came as a shock but he justified, "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 playing 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals, the 'tired' de Villiers, "I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect." Willingly stepping down for allowing the younger generation to take over, he felt this is the right time.

Having had registered fantastic victories against India and Australia, the Proteas thanked his coaches and staff of Cricket South Africa for their support. "I wouldn't be half the player that I am without the support throughout the years," he stated.

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He added, "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." While many were expecting the Proteas to play in the 2019 World Cup, his decision came as a huge blow to South African cricket.

Thanking his fans from around the world for their kindness and generosity, he stated, "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."

Not having any plans for playing overseas anymore, AB de Villiers hoped, "I can continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket," adding, "I will continue to be the biggest supporter of Faf du Plessis and the Proteas."