AB de Villiers announces retirement from all Cricket

AB de Villiers
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AB de Villiers also renowned as Mr. 360 has announced retirement from all forms of Cricket.

He announced his retirement from International Cricket back in May 2018 but continued to play for RCB in IPL and other leagues.

ABD is one of the most loved overseas player by Indian fans and even consider India and RCB like his second home away from Proteas.

What made ABD different from everyone was his unorthodox style and ability to smash ball at any part of the ground also giving him his nickname, the Mr. 360.

AB de Villiers’ Retirement

After announcing retirement from International Cricket back in May 2018, he continued to play for RCB in IPL and for other franchise.

On Friday, November 19 Ab de Villiers finally brought the curtains down for his amazing career via hi Social media handles.

ABD wrote a message below his post saying “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.”

This decision also means that ABD has finally part ways with the IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The Proteas batsman, who joined RCB back in 2011 and have been a crucial part of the squad ever since and even played 5 Playoffs with them.

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He has played 156 matches for RCB and is even the second leading run scorer for RCB just behind Virat Kohli.

RCB posted a video of AB de Villiers on their official Twitter page addressing his decision and time in 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.”

“It has been a memorable journey with RCB. Have so many memories on the personal front to cherish for a 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,” he added

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