AB de Villiers announces shock retirement from all forms of global cricket

AB de Villiers announces shock retirement from all forms of global cricket

"Everything comes to an end and to cricket fans in South Africa and around the world, thank you very much for your kindness, generosity and your understanding".

Mark Boucher, the former South Africa wicket-keeper batsman, and someone who has seen De Villiers' initiation into worldwide cricket, puts it rather succinctly on Twitter.

One of the greatest cricketers of all time has pulled stumps on his global career.

This day, January 18 2015, was one that went down in the cricket annals.

".it's time for others to take over".

AB de Villiers sent shockwaves across the world when he announced his decision to retire from global with immediate effect.

De Villiers finishes his career with a staggering 20,014 global runs (8765 in Tests, 9577 in ODIs and 1672 in T20Is) and signs off with a batting average over 50 in both Tests (50.66) and ODIs (53.50).

AB de Villiers played 114 test matches and scored 8765 runs with an average of 50.77.

Legendary South Africa fast bowler Allan Donald was shocked to see the 34-year-old right-hander retire at the peak of his career. But he has been an unbelievable advert to how I would have loved to have played all three formats. AB de Villiers has bid adieu to the global game, just four days after completing another IPL season with Royal Challengers Bangalore. "It's not about earning more somewhere else".

He captained South Africa to the semi-finals of the 2015 ICC World Cup, where he scored 482 runs at an average of 96.

De Villiers played 114 tests and 228 ODIs. He took South Africa from 33/3 to 584/7. De Villiers played an integral part in that victory, proving he was still one of the best batsmen in the world.

De Villiers had only just returned to tests for the India and Australia series following a near two-year break from the five-day game.

"This is a tough decision", de Villiers said.

"I have no plans to play overseas, in fact, I hope I can continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket". Despite an impressive return to Tests this year for the wins over India and Australia at home - not least the latter, where his unbeaten 126 in Port Elizabeth turned the series - this perception appears to have put him off a repeat.

He retired as the No 2-ranked batsman in ODIs and No 6 in the test rankings, impressive considering the recent sabbatical from test cricket. "Worldwide cricket will be poorer without you, but you will continue to be celebrated by cricket fans around the world", Sehwag tweeted.

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