AB de Villiers announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. He announced the same through a video that he posted on his social media account.
Mr 360° has played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is, scored over 20,000 international runs and has decided to retire on a high after the Test series win against India and Australia that South Africa achieved earlier this year.
The 34-year-old made his international debut against England, in a Test, at Port Elizabeth in December 2004. In a career spanning over 13 years, he has scored 8,765 runs at 50.66 in Tests, 9,577 runs at 53.50 in ODIs and 1,672 runs at a strike rate of 135.16 in T20Is.
Though ABD will continue to play franchise cricket around the world.
Following his retirement, cricket fraternity couldn’t hold themselves back and mourned his retirement.
Here’s how cricket fraternity reacted on Twitter:
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 23, 2018
I remember this young guy on his 1st day out for Proteas… What an inspiration, person and player he turned out to be. Thank you for everything you have done and been for your country, teammates and fans @ABdeVilliers17 #legend pic.twitter.com/8gQBDWbAp7
— Mark Boucher (@markb46) May 23, 2018
Congratulations @ABdeVilliers17 , the most loved cricketer in the world, on a wonderful career. International cricket will be poorer without you, but you will continue to be celebrated by cricket fans around the world pic.twitter.com/uA7CBlYE9F
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 23, 2018
One of the all time greats of the game, many congratulations #ABDevilliers on an outstanding career. The Federer of Cricket, the most loved cricketer on the planet. Wish you the best for your future endeavours. pic.twitter.com/WEuHEdbuQy
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 23, 2018
— Carlos Brathwaite (@TridentSportsX) May 23, 2018
Many congratulations @ABdeVilliers17 on a glorious Cricket career. You enriched the game with your ability, presence and mannerisms and will continue to be a role-model for aspiring cricketers. Wish you a very happy post-retirement life.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) May 23, 2018
One of the world's finest and most versatile batsmen, retires today. He's played brilliantly till now and the world will surely miss seeing him on the field. @ABdeVilliers17
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 23, 2018
Such a shame for international cricket @ABdeVilliers17 … But he has been an unbelievable advert to how I would have loved to have played all 3 formats .. GREAT GREAT Player … Top 3 that I have ever seen .. #AB
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 23, 2018
When he says it isn't about playing abroad, I wonder if he turning his back on T20 cricket too. There isn't just a lot of money to be made there but much joy to be delivered too. #ABRetires
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 23, 2018
— Albie Morkel (@albiemorkel) May 23, 2018
— Alex Blackwell (@AlexBlackwell2) May 23, 2018
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) May 23, 2018
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) May 23, 2018
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) May 23, 2018
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) May 23, 2018
Everyone knows when their time has arrived,abbas is no different. Congrats on a wonderful career @ABdeVilliers17 👏
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) May 23, 2018
One of the best! Wish you all the best AB👍 amazing player but above all that great guy… 👍 https://t.co/njEZLnuPit
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) May 23, 2018
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) May 23, 2018
Um…what the…just land in Singapore to see this news. The world of cricket will miss your skill on the field, your passion towards the game and he humbleness you showed. All the best for the future. #ABDevilliers https://t.co/H1zplIXkDy
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) May 23, 2018
— Marizanne Kapp (@kappie777) May 23, 2018
Absolute stunning international career @ABdeVilliers17!Top bloke and very down 2 earth! A great ambassador for the game and role model 2 so many!will miss watching you play in the green and gold!all the best for the future my friend and thanks for the memories!#prinsvanpretoria pic.twitter.com/A1Zv49J5fN
— Roelof van der Merwe (@Roela52) May 23, 2018
Please let this be a rumour. Please. https://t.co/2gR2HAGMLe
— Snehal Pradhan (@SnehalPradhan) May 23, 2018
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) May 23, 2018
— Cameron Delport (@Cam12Delport) May 23, 2018
— ICC (@ICC) May 23, 2018
Such a fine fine cricketer ! Congratulations on a glorious career ! Fans in India love you, and will forever ! The ABD chants at Chinnaswamy will live on ….. Good luck with your future endeavours ! ❤️ https://t.co/H9a2MsyGtQ
— Archana Vijaya (@archanavijaya) May 23, 2018
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 23, 2018
— BCCI (@BCCI) May 23, 2018