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Twitter dejected as AB de Villiers hangs up his boots from International cricket

AB De Villiers
South Africa's AB De Villiers in action
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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:

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