Cricket South Africa lauds AB de Villiers following retirement from all cricket

On Friday, AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, including all T20 competitions throughout the world. In May of 2018, he announced his retirement from international cricket. De Villiers was one of South Africa’s most prolific players before he retired. The legendary batsman finished his career with 9424 T20 runs at a strike rate of 150.13 in 320 innings at the age of 37. With four centuries, 69 fifties, and a top score of 133 not-out, he was not out 67 times. He also has 230 catches and 18 stumpings to his name.

“It’s reasonable to say that AB is in a league of its own,” said Graeme Smith, Director of Cricket for Cricket South Africa (CSA). “Not only did I get to play with him, but I also got to captain him. Always a team player, AB was never afraid to stand up and help his teammates in whatever capacity they needed. He’s batted, bowled, and held wicket for South Africa with the same enthusiasm and energy he puts into every assignment he’s given – and that’s without mentioning his superb fielding ability.”

“Not only will South African cricket fans miss his presence on any and all cricket surfaces across the world, but so will his followers and former teammates from all over the world. He is one of South Africa’s most popular cricketers, and we are proud of the way he has represented his country, whether in Proteas gear or not. I’m confident this isn’t the last we’ll see of AB, and I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.”

The 37-year-old announced his retirement on Twitter, after an outstanding career in which he represented the Proteas in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs, and 78 T20Is, as well as several franchises in T20 leagues throughout the world. He retires after nearly two decades of dominating the game with his 360-degree hitting.