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Graeme Smith: AB De Villiers Will Be Irreplaceable

AB De Villiers Will Be Irreplaceable
"AB De Villiers Will Be Irreplaceable"
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Former South African Captain Graeme Smith has said that no one will be able to replace AB de Villiers in the South African side.

Having captained AB de Villiers for a large part of his career, Graeme Smith believes that players like AB de Villiers come up rarely and no one would be able to replace him in the Protea side.

Just few days back de Villiers hung his boots from international cricket, leaving his fans in disbelief. As he posted on his app that he would be retiring from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect, messages started flooding in from all over the world.

Talking about the great influence that ABD has had on South African cricket, Graeme Smith has now said that for the South Africa losing de Villiers is like taking Virat Kohli out of the Indian team.

"I thought definitely he would retire after the 2019 World Cup. But when he made his comeback and did so well in the home summer in South Africa, had a really good IPL, I didn't even think about it.

"To lose a player like AB, he's irreplaceable. There are also quality players there but it's like taking Virat Kohli out of the Indian team. SA lose an X-factor player, who can single-handedly win you a game,” the left hander said.

Smith went on to say, "Ultimately people will be very disappointed because they are going to miss him, just because he was that brilliant. They wanted to see him play more. There are not many players who have played for 14-15 years that can travel nine, 10, 11 months a year, deal with the pressures, plus the family pressures, it's very, very difficult.

"The guy has played international cricket for around 15 years... More than anything he has the right to decide when he's had enough. He will have his own reasons for that, you got to respect that," Smith signed off.

ABD has committed to play domestic cricket for the Titans post retirement. He is also expected to feature in the IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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