De Villiers gave a big blow to the fans, thanking them and said goodbye to IPL

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New Delhi: Former South Africa captain and explosive batsman AB de Villiers has surprised everyone and has now announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Although AB de Villiers had already retired from international cricket, but now he will not play in IPL and any T20 cricket league in the world. AB de Villiers tweeted and wrote, ‘It has been an incredible journey, but I have decided to retire from all cricket. Since I started playing cricket with my elder brothers in my backyard, I have played this game with full joy and unbridled enthusiasm. Now at the age of 37, that flame no longer burns as fast. Thank you.’

De Villiers had a great cricket career

De Villiers scored a total of 5162 runs in 184 matches of IPL, which included 40 half-centuries and 3 centuries. De Villiers’ strike rate has been more than 151 during this period. De Villiers has scored 8765 runs in 91 innings of 114 Test matches for his country South Africa at an average of 50.66, including 22 centuries and 46 half-centuries. His highest score in Tests is 278. He has played 228 ODIs, scoring 9,577 runs at an average of 53.50. In ODIs, he has 25 centuries and 53 half-centuries to his name.

best records

His highest score in ODI is 176 runs. De Villiers has played 78 matches for his country in T20 and scored 1672 runs. In T20, he has scored runs at an average of 26.12. He has 10 fifties to his name in the shortest format of the game and his highest score of 79 not out. Let us tell you that AB de Villiers scored 9424 runs in his entire T20 career. De Villiers’ bat made 4 centuries, 69 half-centuries. His batting average in 340 T20 matches was 37.24 which is really commendable. De Villiers, popularly known as Mr 360 Degree, hit 436 sixes in his T20 career. Along with this, he has also taken 230 catches.

RCB gave such a reaction

RCB tweeted and wrote, ‘AB de Villiers announces retirement from all forms of the game. An era has ended. There’s no one like you, Abby. We are going to miss you a lot in RCB. Whatever you have done and whatever you have given to the team, thank you to the fans and to the fans of cricket. Happy retirement, legend.

De Villiers spoke his heart

De Villiers said, ‘This (age) is the reality, which I must accept and even though it may seem sudden, that is why I am making this announcement today. I have my time. Cricket has been exceptionally kind to me. Whether playing for Titans, or Proteas, or RCB, or around the world, the game has given me unimaginable experiences and opportunities, and I will be forever grateful. De Villiers further said, ‘I want to thank every teammate, every opponent, every coach, every physio and every staff member, who have traveled the same path, and in South Africa, in India, wherever I have I am humbled by the support I have received. In the end, I know that nothing would have been possible without the sacrifices of my family – my parents, my brother, my wife Danielle and my children. I look forward to the next chapter of my life, when I can really have them in the first place.’

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