AB de Villiers marks the end of an Era after announcing his retirement from all forms of cricket. The South African legend took social media to announce his retirement on Friday.
De Villiers retired from the international forms of cricket a few years back. This time he chose to retire from all the forms of cricket. The 37-year-old cricketer was playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in IPL. Started playing in 2011, he was clearly one of the strongest backbones of the team. He supported and contributed for the team to reach 5 playoffs.
He featured in 156 matches while playing in RCB and aggregated 491 runs. Also, he is the second-highest run-scorer behind his RCB teammate, Virat Kohli. He is the record holder for the second and the third-highest individual run total in the history of RCB as well. He scored 133 against Mumbai Indians in 2015 and 129 against Gujarat lions in 2016.
AB de Villiers said on playing or Royal Challengers Bangalore:
“I have had a long and fruitful time playing for RCB. Eleven years have just whizzed by and leaving the boys is extremely bittersweet. Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time, but after a lot of contemplation, I’ve decided to hang up my boots and spend quality time with my family. I would like to thank the RCB management, my friend Virat Kohli, teammates, coaches, support staff, fans, and the entire RCB family for showing faith and supporting me all through these years.”
“It has been a memorable journey with RCB. Have so many memories on the personal front to cherish for a lifetime. RCB will always be very close to me and my family and will continue to support this amazing team. I am a RCBian forever.”