Mr. 360o and South African legend, AB de Villiers shocked the world when he announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket, just four days later when his IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore was out of the race of playoff in the 11th season of the most anticipated IPL 2018 in which his supernatural fielding and action-packed batting made every cricket fan crazy for him.
On Wednesday, he announced his retirement by sharing his video on Twitter. He said that he is going to close his international career, after playing 228 ODIs, 114 Tests, and 78 T20Is and scoring up to 20,014 runs. At 34, the top fourth Test batsman in South Africa bows out with 8765 runs at 50.66. In ODIs, he is the second highest run scorer with 9577 runs at 53.50 and in T20I with second highest score of 1672 runs at 26.12. He scored 25 centuries in ODIs and 22 Test centuries, along with 79* in T20Is.
He said that he was running out of energy and he was tired when announcing his retirement. He further said that he don’t have any plans to play international cricket and he might play for domestic team, Titans.
In 2004, De Villiers made his debut at Port Elizabeth and scored only 28 and 14 as opener with former skipper Smith in 7-wickt loss. In his fifth Test, he scored his first century against England.
Since then, he became world-class batsman who can deal with bowling in any condition and captivated audiences not only in South Africa, but across the world. The first of his double centuries in Test was 217 not out at Ahmedabad against India in April 2008, a match which South Africa won in 3 days. He scored his career’s best 278* against Pakistan in November 2010 at Abu Dhabi, an excellent effort that helped his team restore from 33/3 to whopping 584.
His 129 off 112 balls against India in 2010 at Centurion, 169 off 184 balls at Perth against Australia in 2012, 103* off 109 balls at Durban against West Indies, and 163 off 196 balls at Cape Town against Australia in 2009 were some of his brutal hundreds. He averages 65.93 in matches he won and scored 15 of 21 centuries in the victories of South Africa. Nine of his 21 Test centuries have been above 150.
For RCB in the IPL, de Villiers has scored 3314 runs so far at 41.31 of average and strike of 159.89, with 25 half-centuries and two centuries. He scored 480 runs off 53.33 in IPL 2018.
De Villiers took wickets in 24 of 114 Tests and his batting average was 57.41 during that time, which was shockingly higher than overall 50.66 of average. He has got 5 Man of the Match and 4 Man of the Series titles during his Test career.
He will always be remembered by scoring the fastest centuries in ODI till date, off only 31 balls in Johannesburg against West Indies in 2015. He finishes off with strike rate of 101.09 and scored 24 ODI centuries.