AB de Villiers retires from International Cricket, says, he ran “out of gas”

 . Last updated on June 28, 2018, 2:33 PM
AB de Villiers retires from International Cricket, says, he ran “out of gas”
AB de Villiers is “tired” and he puts an end to international career.

AB de Villiers, the South African striker announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket. The player struck the cricket fraternity with the news via a video message. The 34 years old player stated, “I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect.” Earlier, it was speculated that the batsman would at least keep up until ODI 2019 World Cup, if not in Test format. The player posed the words, “I am tired,” as the reason of his decision. He played only matches for Royals Challengers Bangalore in the current IPL tournament. In the video posted on his official app he said, “I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired.”

The top cricketer played 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 International matches. Back in late 2015, news on his retirement surfaced after the India tour. In the series, his team lost against India in a three-match whitewash. Some news even reported that the player was unhappy with the system in South Africa, but the player shunned the issue. The cricketer also made a public statement on his disappointment being left out after Graeme Smith retired in 2014.

De Villiers was made the permanent captain of South Africa Test team in February 2016, apart from being the captain of the ODI side. He was struck with injury issues since then barring from any Test as a captain. He missed several series, leaving the leading baton to Faf du Plessis. He later played ODI matches but resigned from the captainship as a surprise to everyone. In 2017, his Test form was excellent hammering seven fifties and a century in eight Test he played. He also stated that he felt as if he was in the best form of his life.

Finally, he ended his career spanning to 14 years which was stuffed with several strong records. He is now the fourth highest Test runs scorer of South Africa. He struck the fastest ODI century in 31 balls and remained as top ICC batsman for several spans. His cricketing career was with good records. As he stated in the video, “It’s not about earning more somewhere else, it’s about running out of gas and feeling that it is the right time to move on.” He said, “everything comes to an end.”

 

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