Dwaine Pretorius, an all-around player for South Africa, made his immediate retirement from international cricket known on Monday. The all-rounder has played in 60 matches for the Proteas in all forms, with the shorter format accounting for the majority of his appearances. In his 30 T20I, 27 ODI, and 3 Test appearances, Pretorius scored 1895 runs and took 77 wickets.

In addition to being a member of the South Africa team for the 2019 ODI World Cup and the 2021 T20 World Cup, Pretorius earned his international debut back in 2016. Pretorius picked up nine wickets in five matches at the T20 World Cup in the UAE, finishing as the joint-highest wicket-taker for the Proteas team.

The all-rounder had bowled with precision against Sri Lanka during the ODI World Cup in England, returning with scores of 3/25 and earning Player of the Match honors.

At a T20I match against Pakistan in Lahore in 2021, Pretorius had his finest performance. It was his only five-wicket haul on the international stage. Then he took 5/17, which is presently the greatest number for a South African player in men’s T20 Internationals.

Pretorius will now devote all of his attention to professional cricket. In a formal statement, the all-rounder stated: “A few days ago, I made one of the hardest choices of my cricket career. I’ve decided to stop playing international cricket in any capacity.” My only ambition in life as a child was to play for the Proteas. I had no idea how it would happen, but God had given me a skill and a strong desire to achieve. He could handle the rest.” For the remainder of my career, I will concentrate on the T20 format and other shorter forms.”

“My career has been influenced by all of the guys I have played with and against throughout the years. It’s so difficult to highlight only one or two because there are so many players that had an impact, but I can mention a few I was fortunate to spend a lot of time with: Hardus Viljoen, Chris Morris, Nicky van den Bergh, Rassie Van Der Dussen, Steven Cook, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje, Neil Mackenzie and a special mention has to go to Andrea Agathagelou, we spent hours and hours training together to reach our goal in playing for the Proteas. Without all of your assistance and support, there is no question that I would not be where I am today.” A particular thanks go out to Faf Du Plessis, who supported me and helped me improve as a player after he fired me from the international team the first time.”

“I leave the Proteas squad with the knowledge that I gave all I had every time I went onto the field. From carrying beverages, attending team meetings, and playing with broken toes, fingers, and torn muscles to supporting fellow players wherever I could. It’s been a lot of fun.” Thank you to all of the supporters that helped make it so wonderful.