Former South African captain AB de Villiers on Wednesday announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket. In a video on Twitter, De Villiers said, “It is time for others to take over. I’ve had my turn and to be honest, I am tired.”
I’ve made a big decision today pic.twitter.com/In0jyquPOK
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 23, 2018
De Villiers has played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals for South Africa. His last appearance was in the final Test between Australia and South Africa between March and April, 2018.
The 34-year-old ends his career with 9,577 ODI runs, 8,765 Test runs – averaging over 50 in both – and with 1672 runs in T20 Internationals. “I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect,” he said in the video. “After 114 Test matches, 228 ODI’s and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over.”
It was widely expected that De Villiers would hang his boots in international cricket, or at least limited-overs international cricket, after the 2019 World Cup. But De Villiers said in the statement that he has had his turn and he is “tired.”