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AB de Villiers retires from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect

South Africa's AB de Villiers in action
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Champion South African batsman AB de Villiers has decided to retire from all formats of international cricket with immediate effect.

A modern cricketing great, Abraham Benjamin de Villiers has decided to hang his boot from all forms of international cricket. Coming off an IPL that proved to be successful for him as an individual, ABD’S untimely retirement has sent shock waves in the cricketing fraternity.

Personifying the age-old adage of ‘Retire when people ask why and not when’, the retirement of AB has left everyone in disbelief.  In line with the same, Mr. 360 degree believes he wanted to bid adieu to the game at a time when he was still playing well.

De Villiers took to Twitter to break the big news. He posted a video on his official Twitter handle with the caption, “I’ve made a big decision today”.

10 seconds into the video, as the news gradually unfolded, one suffered heartbreak.

 “To all the cricket fans around South Africa and around the world, thanks a lot for your kindness, your generosity and today your understanding,” said the legendary cricketer with disappointment cropping up on his face.

De Villiers also posted on his official app: “It has been a very tough decision to make and I’ve thought long and hard about it but I believe it is my time to step down. A huge thank you to my teammates, Cricket South Africa and all the supporters who have been behind me both in SA and around the world.”

The retirement of de Villiers comes as a huge blow for South African cricket. With Dayle Steyn already battling injuries and Faf du Plessis still not back to his best in international cricket, ABD has left big boots to fill.

ABD played 114 Tests scoring 8765 runs at an average of over 50. In 228 ODIs, he has 9577 runs at an average of 53.5 and in 78 T20Is, de Villiers scored at an average more than 25 and a strike rate of 135.

As de Villiers signed off, he said that he stood in all solidarity with Faf du Plessis and South African cricket.

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