AB de Villiers Announces Retirement From All Forms Of Cricket

Story Highlights
  • AB de Villiers announces retirement.
  • He has played 156 matches for RCB and scored 4,491 runs.
  • ABD holds the record for fastest 50,100 and 150 in ODI cricket.

Former South Africa captain and superstar batter AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, thus ending his 10-year-long association with the Indian Premier League franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore. De Villiers, who had retired from international cricket in 2018, joined RCB in 2011 and enjoyed a successful career, scoring 4491 runs from 156 matches and was instrumental in the franchise reaching the IPL Playoffs 5 times.

“I have had a long and fruitful time playing for RCB. 11 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 a lifetime. RCB will always be very close to me and my family and will continue to support this amazing team. I am an RCBian forever.”

Besides scoring over 5000 runs in the IPL, de Villiers holds the record for the second and third highest individual scores in the IPL courtesy of his knocks of 133 not out against Mumbai Indians in 2015 and 129 not out against Gujarat Lions in 2016. De Villiers is the second all-time leading run-scorer for RCB, behind 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.

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