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AB de Villiers wasn’t expecting a positive response after his retirement

AB de Villiers was a fulcrum of the South African setup.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

AB de Villiers retired from international cricket the previous day, much to the surprise of many. He made the announcement in his official app and then uploaded the message on Twitter and his official app. The whole cricketing fraternity mourned the decision by the veteran cricketer from South Africa. The Pretoria-born cricketer put forth tiredness as a reason behind the sudden decision.

Recently, the 34-year old mentioned the time prior to bidding adieu as a difficult one. “It was quite a tough day yesterday, and I’m just glad that I could get through it. But ja, what can I say… I will forever be grateful to the people of South Africa for their incredible support,” de Villiers was quoted as saying in www.iol.co.za.

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“I’m still going to play”- de Villiers

However, he didn’t expect the people to accept his retirement with open arms. “I wasn’t expecting a positive response, to be honest. It was a really tough decision – I’ve been struggling with it for a while, and I’m just glad we got through it. Now it’s a bit of family time, and a bit of time at home – I can’t wait, hey,” he added.

“I’ve dealt with a good amount of pressure over the years! So for the next few months, I just want to chill. I’m pretty sure something will come up. Look, I’m not completely retired out of all cricket. Like I said, I’m still going to play for the Titans.

Thank you for the support throughout the years. To everyone in South Africa, it would definitely not have been possible without everyone out there. Thank you,” he concluded.

South Africa will tour Sri Lanka in July for a Test, ODI and T20I series and the management are in with a stern test of finding an appropriate replacement of the retired cricketer.

The World Cup is also scheduled in a year’s time and de Villiers’ retirement comes as a massive jolt as far as their chance in the tournament is concerned.

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