AB de Villiers Announces Retirement From All Forms Of Cricket
Date : 23 May 2018
Former South African team captain AB de Villiers announced he will be retiring from all forms of international cricket. The announcement came as a shock from the 34 year old cricketer. Most experts called the decision to retire as a setback in South Africa’s quest for the 2019 World Cup.
The Retirement Decision of AB De Villiers
De Villiers was one of the best batsman and all round cricketer in modern cricket. The decision by the player was taken after consideration of physical and mental fitness. South Africa coach Ottis Gibson and former captain Graeme Smith both called it a huge blow for South Africa. He played his last test against Australia in March 2018. His last ODI will be against India in February 2018.
AB De Villiers’ Early Life & Career
He was born in Bela-Bela, South Africa. Commonly referred to as ABD, de Villiers is one of the most prolific batsmen in the world. He started as a wicketkeeper cum batsman. Later, he moved on to only a batter role.
AB De Villiers amassed over 8000 runs in Test matches and over 9000 in ODIs.
He debuted at the age of 20 at the Port of Elizabeth against England in 2004. He was a young bloomer. He reached the first 1000 runs of his career second youngest and second fastest in the South Africa ever.
Post 2015 World Cup, he reached the number one spot in ICC ODI rankings.
The right handed bat amassed over 8000 runs in Test matches and over 9000 in ODIs. He has 22 centuries in Test cricket and 25 in ODIs. He finished with batting averages of over 50 in both Test and ODI formats. Besides that, he was known as a terrific fielder in the already great South African lineup. Post 2015 World Cup, he reached the number one spot in ICC ODI rankings.
Quick Facts about ABD
- De Villiers played for the Delhi Daredevils for the first three seasons of the Indian Premier League.
- In the fourth season of the IPL, he shifted to Royal Challengers Bangalore.
- Overall, he has three IPL hundreds.
- De Villiers is the only South African player to score a double hundred against India.
- The score of 217 came in April 2008.