AB de Villiers announces retirement from all forms of cricket on 19th Nov 2021. Know his unending fame, ultimate records & cricket career’s graph at Fun88 India!
Abraham Benjamin de Villiers is now a former South African professional Cricketer. He is known as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He revolutionized the game by using unorthodox attacking shots regularly against Yorker. He is also considered the most innovative and destructive batsman of the modern era. He captained South Africa in every format of cricket and retired from international cricket in 2018.
AB de Villiers announces retirement
In January, AB de Villiers showed interest in making an international comeback and playing the 2020 World Cup, but later in the year, he announced his retirement from all formats of cricket.
37 year old, South African Legend made his retirement announcement on Twitter, ending his 17 years of cricket career. He played in 114 Tests, 78 T20Is, and 228 ODIs, for the Proteas.
Ultimate Records of AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers made a phenomenal record in 17 years of his cricket career. Let’s have a look at AB De Villier’s ultimate records and numbers as an era comes to end.
- The legend has a total of 47 centuries and 109 half-centuries in international cricket.
- He makes an average of 63.52 runs in 50-over World Cups.
- AB de Villiers has smashed the fastest 150, 100, and 50 in ODI in 64, 31, and 16 deliveries respectively.
- The right-handed cricketer has scored 20,000 runs across all formats in international cricket.
- He holds the record of hitting second-most sixes (16) in ODI innings. He shares this record with Chris Gayle and Rohit Sharma.
- AB de Villiers has a tally of 261 sixes, the second-most sixes by any batter in the IPL history.
- He won 25 Player-of-the-Match awards in the Indian Premier League, most recorded.
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Timeline of AB de Villiers Cricket Career
AB de Villiers is an extraordinary fielder, who would happily move behind the wickets if needed. He’s a fine tennis player, golfer, rugby player, and with no doubt, the greatest of South Africa.
Here’s the brief timeline of his international cricket career:
#1. 2003-06: The beginning of an era
AB de Villiers started his cricket journey as an under-19 opener player in a test match for the national team against England. He scored his first test’s century at Centurion and made his debut in ODI in the same tour. He scored his first ODI 50 against Australia in 2006.
#2. 2007-10: Increasing centuries
He became the first batter of South Africa to score a Test double-century against India. At Adelaide, he played as wicket-keeper and named the man of the match, on the same tour. He scored his 10th Test Century, against West Indies in 2010 and was named player of the series.
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#3. 2011: Cricket World Cup
AB de Villiers scored two continuous centuries in the 2011 World Cup and became the first batter of South Africa to score two centuries in a single World Cup. He also became the sixteenth batsman to score two successive centuries in the World Cup Tournament. He won three Player-of-the-match awards in the World cup.
#4. 2012-14: Phenomenal wicketkeeper
AB de Villiers was ranked #1 in Test batsman in the world. In 2013, he became the first wicketkeeper to score a century in a test match, with 10+ dismissals in the same match. He became the fastest batter by scoring 162 runs in 66 balls of ODIs ever in 2014.
#5. 2015: Cricket World Cup
AB De Villiers was one of the top performers in the 2015 World Cup Tournament with 482 runs and an average of 96 runs. He scored 162 runs in 66 balls, making the highest total score of South Africa in the World Cup Tournament, that is, 408 runs. By the end of the tournament, he was ranked number 1 by ICC batsmen ratings in One Day International Cricket.
#6. 2016-18 & 2021 Retirement: The end of an era
He scored 79 runs in 29 balls, making him the fastest South African player to score a half-century in T20. He announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket in 2018 but claimed that he would continue playing T20 leagues. On 19th November 2021 AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Twitter, ending AB de Villiers era.
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Well wished by the world
The reaction came in from all the corners of the world when South African Cricketer announced his retirement. Heart-felt reactions are poured out not only by cricketers but every eminent personality.
CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai retweeted AB de Villiers’ tweet with the overwhelming message, “What a legacy, one of my favorites to watch ever!”
Virat Kohli tweeted an understanding but heart-breaking message on tweeter for AB de Villiers, supporting his decision.
The number goes on and on, from Shikhar Dhawan, and Faf Du Plessis to Anushka Sharma, and many more.
Cricket fans couldn’t stop thanking and sharing great achievements, retweeted his tweet 47.3k times.
One of AB de Villiers fans tattooed his name on the wrist, the fans are shocked and extremely disheartened but the love is still growing strong.
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Conclusion: AB De Villiers Unending Fame
Retirement might have stopped AB de Villiers from playing matches but his name will always be carved in golden letters in cricket history. The word ‘legend’ will always be attached to his name and the legacy never dies.