| On Updated : May 24, 2018 10:21 PM IST

Once in a generation cricketer, AB de Villiers had it all!

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).

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.

“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

What a great ride it was while it lasted. Thanks for the memories, AB!

Himanshu Sharma @himanshux_

I chirp from the slips cordon, warm bench on football pitch and take part in social media banter.