Anil Kumble and Dean Jones stumped to hear AB de Villiers’ retirement
The decision was announced on the social media platform, where ABD said that he has taken the decision to retire from International cricket, with immediate effect.
Updated - May 25, 2018 9:52 am
It was a normal Wednesday until the South African batsman AB de Villiers, decided to drop a bombshell. AB de Villiers shocked the entire cricketing fraternity by announcing the decision to retire from International cricket, with at least a year or two years of cricket left under his belt.
The decision was announced on the social media platform, where ABD said that he has taken the decision to retire from International cricket, with immediate effect. People, all over the world started grieving over the fact that they could not see the right-handed batsman on display on the international front.
On Star Sports Select Dugout, former Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble and former Australian batsman Dean Jones talked about the South African and how his decision would affect the international cricket. Scott Styris, who also was part of the dugout talked about how the decision came in as a shocker with the World Cup around the corner.
Kumble expresses his opinion on ABD’s retirement
“It’s a personal decision and I can’t really talk about his decision. You want AB de Villiers to be playing international cricket. It’s a great loss for international cricket. It’s not just the skills that he brings as a batsman but even as a fielder or a person he inspires a lot of young cricketers to take up the game and be like him,” Kumble said.
He further added that it was a personal decision on the front of the South African batsman, and the leggie said that he was in place to comment on the decision of the Proteas batsman.
Dean Jones thinks South Africa will be the most hit team
ABD had scored nearly 480 runs, with six half-centuries in double the matches. However, it was not enough for the franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, as they suffered another year out of the playoffs.
“I am surprised, to be honest. Because they haven’t won one and I think they need him to win one. They are the worst team with all due respect to South Africans and they are worst off with his retirement. To lose a player like him, he is Mr. 360 and he hits it all it all over the place. He played one of the best knocks I’ve ever seen, that 170 against West Indies in Sydney,” said a surprised Jones as he concluded.