The South African cricket legend, AB de Villiers has put down his bat as the 37-year-old has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday. Mr. 360 had already announced his retirement from the international format but continued playing franchise cricket across the globe.
De Villiers made the news official through his official Twitter account, he wrote, “It has been an incredible journey, but I have decided to retire from all cricket.”
“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.”
In AB de Villiers’ 17-year long career he played in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is for South Africa. In his 114 Test matches, De Villiers scored 8765 runs with 278 being the highest score. In 228 ODIs, Mr.360 scored 9577 runs, with the score of 176 being the highest. Lastly, in 78 T20Is, he has 1672 runs to his name, with 79 being the top score.
De Villiers had been playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League since 2010. He featured in 156 matches for RCB, scoring 4,491 runs. De Villiers has also acquired the number two spot in the all-time leading run-scorer behind Virat Kohli.
The South African legend also thanked RCB and Virat Kohli in his retirement post, saying: “I have had a long and fruitful time playing for RCB. Eleven years have just whizzed by and leaving the boys is extremely bittersweet. Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time, but after a lot of contemplation, I’ve decided to hang up my boots and spend quality time with my family. I would like to thank the RCB management, my friend Virat Kohli, teammates, coaches, support staff, fans, and the entire RCB family for showing faith and supporting me all through these years.”
“It has been a memorable journey with RCB. Have so many memories on the personal front to cherish for a lifetime. RCB will always be very close to me and my family and will continue to support this amazing team. I am a RCBian forever.”
The legendary South African cricketer was last seen in action in the second phase of IPL 2021 in the UAE in October.