AB de Villiers announces retirement from all forms of cricket

He continued to ply his trade in T20 Leagues across the globe and was a key member of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and his last Instagram post, he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

 

Legendary South African cricketer AB de Villiers on Friday (Nov 19) announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The maverick right-hander, who had retired from international cricket, continued to ply his trade in T20 Leagues across the globe and was a key member of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and his last Instagram post, he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He mentioned about the exceptional career he had and thanks everyone for the support.

De Villiers ends his career with 4491 runs in 156 matches for RCB, finishing as the second highest run-getter for the team behind Virat Kohli. De Villiers, who represented Delhi Daredevils before joining RCB, ends his IPL career as the sixth highest run-getter with 5162 runs in 184 matches, with a best of 133* against Mumbai Indians in 2015.

De Villiers, who quit international cricket in 2018, was willing to come out of retirement and play for South Africa in the 2019 World Cup but that did not materialise.

Apart from his international T20 appearances and playing for RCB and Delhi in the IPL, De Villiers has also represented Barbados Tridents, Brisbane Heat, Lahore Qalandars, Middlesex, Rangpur Riders, South Africans, Titans and Tshwane Spartans in T20 cricket. He has ended his T20 career with a total of 9424 runs in 340 matches, with 59 fifties and 4 hundreds. De Villiers’s first-class career lasted for 141 matches in which he scored 10689 runs while he amassed 11123 runs in 263 List A games.

“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,” said De Villiers in a statement.

“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 the 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.”

 

 

 

 

 

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