Twitter in shock as AB de Villiers announces sudden retirement

Twitter in shock as AB de Villiers announces sudden retirement

AB de Villiers' career spanned 14 years.

AB de Villiers of the Proteas
AB de Villiers of the Proteas. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Cricketer AB de Villiers has arguably been one of the legendary cricketers the world has ever seen. He made his international debut against England in the Port Elizabeth Test way back in 2004. He hasn’t looked back ever since and his career has only grown in stature with the passage of time. However, recently, he announced his retirement from all sorts of cricket for South Africa.

South Africa is scheduled to play in a Test, ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka in July and de Villiers’ announcement will be a massive blow for the team ahead of their sub-continent tour. He had represented the Proteas in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 and scored 8765, 9577 and 1672 runs respectively. He also has 47 international centuries to his name.

The illustrious career for de Villiers

He scored his maiden double hundred for South Africa against India back in 2008 at Ahmedabad. In 2010, the veteran notched his highest Test score versus Pakistan when he racked 278 runs at Abu Dhabi. He also boasts of the fastest century in ODIs against the Windies back from 31 balls in 2016 at the Wanderers. Moreover, he had been a part of three World Cups for his country in 2007, 2011 and 2015 respectively.

The cricketer has been suffering from injuries for quite a while. He played the four-day Day-Night Test against Zimbabwe last year, which also marked his comeback to the longest format after a gap of almost two years. He played the Test series against India thereafter, but couldn’t play all the matches in the ODI series because of a finger injury.

The 34-year recently plied his trade for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) under the leadership of Virat Kohli. He churned out some match-winning knocks for his team and won some matches for them single-handedly. Following his announcement, Twitter couldn’t hold themselves back and mourned his retirement.

Here’s how Twitter reacted