South African cricketer AB de Villiers announces his retirement from international cricket.
Earlier today, AB de Villiers took it to Twitter to break the heartbreaking news of his retirement. “It’s time for me to move on and others to take over,” he said in the retirement video on Twitter, “I’ve made a big decision today.”
“This is the high performance centre in Pretoria where 14 seasons ago I arrived as a nervous youngster when I was first called into the Proteas squad. Today at the same place, I want to let you know that I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect. After 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn and to be honest, I am tired. This is a tough decision, I thought long and hard about it and I 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. It would not be right for me to pick and choose where and when and in what format I play for the Proteas. For me, in green and gold, it must be everything or nothing. 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. Everything comes to an end and to cricket fans in South Africa and around the world, thank you very much for your kindness, generosity and your understanding. 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.”
He is one of those rare cricket players who receive love and support from the crowd no matter where they play in the world. Although everyone knew it was coming, but people were expecting him to stick around till World Cup 2018.
The cricket community and fans are taking it Twitter to pay their tribute. Here’s what they saying.