AB de Villiers Retirement: South African cricketer AB de Villiers, who said goodbye to international cricket in the year 2018, has now announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. That is, he will no longer be seen playing in the IPL as well. Cricket celebrities are constantly tweeting on this decision. These include his fellow player in RCB, Virat Kohli.
Welcoming this decision of de Villiers, Virat Kohli wrote, ‘It is a heartbreaking decision but I know that you have taken this decision in view of yourself and your family.’ Virat Kohli has also written ‘I Love You’ in his tweet, in response to which de Villiers has also written ‘I Love You too Brother’.
This hurts my heart but I know you’ve made the best decision for yourself and your family like you’ve always done. I love you @ABdeVilliers17
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 19, 2021
England’s young player Sam Billings has written, ‘Best cricket I have ever seen. The ones I’ve always followed. Mr 360 to take the game to the next level on its own
The best I’ve ever seen, and someone who I’ve always looked up to! Took the game to another level singlehandedly #mr360
Thankyou @ABdeVilliers17 https://t.co/lzEQ3MYP13
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) November 19, 2021
Like Kohli, many cricket personalities have wished de Villiers all the best for the next chapter of his life. Anil Kumble wrote, ‘Wishing you all the best for the second phase of your life, champion. We have enjoyed your explosive batsmanship for years. You had a wonderful career and filled with inspiration. Happy retirement.’
All the best champion in your second innings. We thoroughly enjoyed your batting exploits over the years sometimes at the receiving end but what a career! Truly inspirational and path breaking. Happy retirement #legend ,
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) November 19, 2021
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has also congratulated de Villiers for his retirement.
Legend .. Happy Retirement from playing AB .. https://t.co/oGlO4wR3ux
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 19, 2021
Shreyas Iyer has written, ‘It is a matter of privilege to have got a chance to play against you. Thank you for giving a lot to cricket. Good luck.’
Looked up to in my early cricket days and it’s been an honor to play against you Good luck @ABdeVilliers17 and thank you for everything you’ve done for cricket https://t.co/iLqqdqy6ax
— Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15) November 19, 2021
Mohammad Kaif writes, ‘Captains around the world now relax. The player for whom you could never set the field is now retired. De Villiers took out many new shots, kept searching for gaps in new ways. He was the biggest entertainer of cricket.
Captains across the world relax! The man for whom you couldn’t set the field has retired. Ab de Villiers invented new strokes, found gaps that no one knew even existed and was one of cricket’s great entertainer. @ABdeVilliers17
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) November 19, 2021
Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle has written, ‘There is no doubt that de Villiers has been one of the most influential players of his generation.’
There is no doubt in my mind that @ABdeVilliers17 has been one of the most influential players of his generation. A genius, a true successor to Lara. Wish you well AB. I am sure your countless fans at @RCBTweets will want to give you a fitting send-off. You were a great combo.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 19, 2021
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