Twitter dejected as AB de Villiers hangs up his boots from International cricket
Twitter broke into frenzy as AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of International cricket with immediate effect.
A few days back, the cricketing world witnessed a stunning catch from AB de Villiers on the boundary line in the IPL, with clips of the Superman going all around the world. He ended the season as the second highest scoring batsman for RCB, just behind Virat Kohli. ABD was timing the ball well. He was still one of the fittest, if not the fittest, around in international cricket.
A blink of the eye and the Superman from South Africa decided to call it a day. The first time anyone heard about the news, they discarded it as a rumour but as things slowly settled in, all that remained is sorrow.
With a total of 20,014 Runs, 47 Centuries and 109 fifties in 420 International Matches, ABD leaves the field as legend. The good news though is that he would continue playing league cricket.
However, there are two things that strike, he was less than 500 runs away from the magical figure of 10,000 ODI runs and the 2019 World Cup was just about a year away. These are the two milestones that are possibly the greatest in a cricketer’s career.
But here as well, the selflessness of ABD’s character shines through. It’s now time for the younger generation to take the mantle forward.
All the same, Twitter was in a state of frenzy as the news of ABD’s retirement broke. Here is what Tweeple had to say:
I remember this young guy on his 1st day out for Proteas... What an inspiration, person and player he turned out to be. Thank you for everything you have done and been for your country, teammates and fans @ABdeVilliers17 #legend pic.twitter.com/8gQBDWbAp7— mark boucher (@markb46) May 23, 2018
Congratulations @ABdeVilliers17 , the most loved cricketer in the world, on a wonderful career. International cricket will be poorer without you, but you will continue to be celebrated by cricket fans around the world pic.twitter.com/uA7CBlYE9F— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 23, 2018
" After 114 Test matches, 228 ODI’s and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired " ~ AB De Villiers— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) May 23, 2018
AB de Villiers destroyed Aust earlier this year and at times played as well as I've ever seen any batsman do so. The fact he's retiring without taking a crack at the 2019 World Cup is disappointing— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) May 23, 2018
AB De Villiers has at least one— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) May 23, 2018
The man who did almost everything as cricketer!
The universe lost its last infinity stone,AB de villiers???? We'll miss u Mr. 360?? have a great life ahead!— Neetesh (@infineetz) May 23, 2018
You had it all. Be it 43 (297) or 162 (66). You knew how to handle the game.— ?? (@imdfucc) May 23, 2018
Thank you AB de Villiers for the memories.
A YORKER for ALL Cricket fans ....this one from AB de Villiers ..... by announcing retirement from International cricket ... we are BOWLED !!! ...will miss you @ABdeVilliers17— Girish Johar (@girishjohar) May 23, 2018
AB De Villiers did what he always does. He has left everyone gasping.— SAGAR (@sagarcasm) May 23, 2018
Don't say that AB de Villiers has retired from all forms of international cricket, say that AB de Villiers has retired from cricket in all 360 degrees.— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) May 23, 2018
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