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South African legend AB de Villiers announced retirement from all forms of Cricket

On Friday (19 Nov), 37-years-old South African legend AB De Villiers announced retirement from all forms of cricket. The right-handed unorthodox made the announcement on Twitter, bringing down the curtains to his  17-year career, having played in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is for the Afrikaners.

AB de Villiers has also played 156 matches for RCB and scored 4,491 runs

In a statement released, De Villiers said: “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.

Last, I am aware that nothing would have been possible without the sacrifices made by my family – my parents, my brothers, my wife Danielle and my children. I look forward to the next chapter of our lives when I can truly put them first.

I would like to thank every teammate, every opponent, every coach, every physio and every staff member who has travelled the same path, and I am humbled by the support I have received in South Africa, in India, wherever I have played.

Cricket has been exceptionally kind to me. Whether playing for the Titans, or the Proteas, or RCB, or around the world, the game has given me unimagined experiences and opportunities, and I will always be grateful.”

De Villiers’  began also his career with the IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).in 2011. He has been a key batsman of RCB and he clearly reflects that means his association with (RCB) has also been ended.

Adding to his statement regarding RCB, AB de Villiers said, “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.”

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