Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

AB De Villiers calls time on worldwide career

AB De Villiers calls time on worldwide career

"I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am exhausted", de Villiers explained. After the fantastic (test) series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside.

De Villiers was equally comfortable hitting cover drives or going down on one knee and scooping the ball over his head for six.

De Villiers used this exact phrase during the announcement of his global retirement on Wednesday. When du Plessis failed to recover from a finger injury in time to lead South Africa during a four-day, day-night Test against Zimbabwe in December 2017, de Villiers returned and led the side. To cricket fans around South Africa and around the world, thank you very much for your kindness, your generosity and, today, your understanding.

De Villiers, widely regarded as one of the most risky batsmen to play the game, announced on Wednesday he is retiring as he feels he is "running out of gas".

Speculation about de Villiers' long-term future began in late 2015, after a disastrous tour of India, which South Africa lost the Tests 3-0, thereby losing the No.1 ranking and having their nine-year unbeaten run on the road broken.

He made a comeback to Test cricket in the four-day Day-Night Test against Zimbabwe previous year. After Dale Stern put South Africa ahead by helping bowl India out for 76 on the first morning, de Villiers, in the company of Kallis, ground India's bowlers down before turning it on as he neared 200. But he has been an unbelievable advert to how I would have loved to have played all three formats.

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". It's about running out of gas, and feeling that it's time to move on".

Though known more for his accomplishments in limited-over formats, his 278 not out against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in 2010 was briefly the highest Test score for South Africa. Australia made a head start to the series by winning the first Test at Durban by 118 runs. He took South Africa from 33/3 to 584/7.

(5.) 126* v Australia, 2nd Test, Elizabeth, 2018 In his own words, this series-defining century is "one of my best ever".

It was the ODI format, perhaps, that de Villiers enjoyed most.

One of contemporary cricket's greatest batsmen, AB de Villiers, called on Wednesday time on his illustrious global career, claiming to be "out of gas" after 14 years in the top league. Early previous year, De Villiers received a fair amount of public flak after he made himself unavailable for two major Test series due to "workload management".

He holds numerous records as an worldwide cricketer, including the fastest ODI fifty (16 balls) and century (31 balls) when he scored 149 off just 44 against the West Indies in January 2015.

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