South African star AB de Villiers has retired from all forms of cricket
De Villiers hasn't represented international cricket since 2018, however he has continued to play domestic and franchise cricket.
The great South African cricketer AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from all disciplines of the game. De Villiers' last appearance for South Africa came in 2018. Despite his hiatus from international cricket, he was seen competing in T20 tournaments all over the world.
De Villiers, who retired from international cricket in 2018, joined RCB in 2011 and had a great career with the team, hitting 4491 runs in 28 matches and helping them reach the IPL Playoffs five times.
"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," de Villiers was quoted as saying by RCB in a release.
"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 the 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."
De Villiers not only has over 5000 runs in the IPL, but he also has the second and third greatest individual scores, with 133 not out against Mumbai Indians in 2015 and 129 not out against Gujarat Lions in 2016. De Villiers is RCB's second-highest run scorer, behind only Virat Kohli.
"AB de Villiers has been among the best ambassadors of the game, and we are honoured to have him represent RCB in the IPL. His work ethics have been impeccable, which has not only rubbed off on the team, but has left a high benchmark for other youngsters to follow," Prathmesh Mishra, Chairman, RCB, said.
AB has been a genuine leader both on and off the field, and we want to thank him for his unwavering dedication to helping RCB establish itself as one of the top clubs in the IPL. We wish AB the best of luck in his future endeavours. He will always be considered a member of the RCB family "AB has been a genuine leader both on and off the field, and we want to thank him for his unwavering dedication to helping RCB establish itself as one of the top clubs in the IPL. We wish AB the best of luck in his future endeavours. He will always be considered a member of the RCB family.
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