Gutted! Still can’t believe AB de Villiers has retired. He had a chance to make his last stop memorable, a shot at World Cup 2019!
Once in a generation cricketer, ABD had it all. Every time he walked out to the middle, he gave South Africa all that was needed – be it 43 (297) or 162 (66).
I’ve made a big decision today pic.twitter.com/In0jyquPOK
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 23, 2018
He’d open, keep wickets, lead the side, field like a hawk and bowl military-medium to give the bowlers a breather.
One of the most admired cricketers of the recent time, ABD’s love and dedication for the game was unmatched. Like a true sportsman, he’d never raise his voice in anger.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 23, 2018
We started this cricket thing way back in 2004 We’ve seen the world, met amazing people, played the great teams and beaten the best there is in it too. We’ve shared change rooms, been roomies, golf partners, McDonald’s after late nights. You’re a champion man in my book bud, and I’m pretty sure in everyone else’s too. Congratulations on a stellar international career, it’s been a incredible journey and privilege to have shared it with you. There’ll never be another Ab de Villiers 👊🏼
“AB has been a colossus on the world stage for well over a decade and we are indeed grateful that most of this time, he has been wearing the colours of our beloved Standard Bank Proteas.”
– CSA Acting CEO, Thabang Moroe
Thank you to everyone – especially the players past and present, MY TEAMMATES and opponents – for their good wishes and understanding. The last few days have been tough and emotional, but I’m taken aback by all the love and support! #proteafire for life
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 24, 2018
What a great ride it was while it lasted. Thanks for the memories, AB!