The Star South African batsman AB de Villiers has taken it to Twitter to announce his decision to retire from all forms on international cricket. In his video message, he stated that he had “run out of gas” and is really tired, to be honest. He wishes to step down with immediate effect from 23-May-2018.
He also said it was a tough decision for him but would like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series against India and Australia, now feels the right time to step aside he added.
I’ve made a big decision today pic.twitter.com/In0jyquPOK
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) 23 May 2018
He finishes his career after 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals scoring an overall of 20,014 international runs. He also said “I will always be grateful to my teammates, the coaches and the staff of Cricket South Africa for their support through all these years. It is not about earning more somewhere else, it is about running out of gas and feeling it is time to move on”.
AB de Villiers was recently part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team that failed to qualify for the play-offs of the IPL 2018. He mentioned “I have no plans to play overseas, in fact, I hope I can continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket. I will continue to be the biggest supporter of Faf du Plessis and the Proteas,” in his retirement address.