Cricket fans and fraternity thank South African legend on Twitter for contribution to game
AB de Villiers Friday, November 19, he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, including the Indian Premier League and franchise cricket. De Villiers shared a post on his social media accounts like Twitter and Facebook revealing his decision to part ways with playing cricket on the pitch. Fans were surprised to learn of the decision from AB de Villier, who played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore team in the 2021 IPL last month.
De Villiers had already retired from international cricket in 2018. However, the 37-year-old was quite active in the franchise cricket leagues. In IPL he was part of Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise and has been a key player on the team since 2011. He is a hard-hitting drummer who has entertained fans with his raised shots all over the floor and earned the nickname Mr. 360.
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Thank you AB de Villiers: fans react on Twitter
After De Villiers posted on Twitter about his retirement from all forms of cricket, fans were quick to respond. Many cricket fans thanked him for entertaining them with his spectacular stick.
Some fans were also sad as they won’t be able to see the South African play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL. Some fans have also shared photos of Virat Kohli and De Villiers. Take a look at fan responses to the AB de Villiers retirement announcement below.
Thank you so much for introducing the game to a new audience and also for giving us so many fond memories to cherish as cricket fans. Thank you for the scoops, the lofts, the dead-bats and those runouts, the superb catches and also the wickets, thank you Mr. 360. Have a good second round ð
– Nikhil (@CricCrazyNIKS) November 19, 2021
Thank you for everything, this duo will be missed ï¸ð pic.twitter.com/8oH7qdxP7l
– Sherlock (@The_Savage_V) November 19, 2021
I miss you ABD, ð¾ð¸ð½ pic.twitter.com/Q9ugMkfPWL
– D .. â (@ Im_VK_18_Deepak) November 19, 2021
Thanks for all the genius. There is nothing you cannot do on a cricket ground. The most complete drummer the game has ever seen. You will miss the game, monster. The greatest of all timeððâ¤ pic.twitter.com/gq0IGcfm8O
– Danny (@Ddnyana) November 19, 2021
Thanks for any caption ï¸
– Princyðª´ (@ vennila24) November 19, 2021
We are all grateful to see you on the field AB Devilliers Sir. Forever miss your amazing shorts, your wonderful hitter, your fabulous pitch. @ ABdeVilliers17 Sir you will be missed pic.twitter.com/SJCZaEulwc
– Ayush Ranjan (@ AyushRa15743279) November 19, 2021
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Some members of the cricket fraternity have also reacted to the retirement of AB de Villiers. Indian cricketer Shreyas Iyer, England player Sam Billings, former England skipper Michael Vaughan and Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle shared heartwarming tweets for the former South African player. Take a look at their tweets below.
– Shreyas Iyer (@ ShreyasIyer15) November 19, 2021
The best I have ever seen, and someone I have always admired! Took the game to another level on his own # mr360
– Sam Billings (@sambillings) November 19, 2021
Announcement @ ABdeVilliers17 withdraws from all cricket
End of an era! There is no one like you, AB. We will miss you dearly at RCB. â¤ï¸ For all that you have done and given to the team, fans and fans of cricket in general, #ThanksAB ðð¼ Happy retirement, legend! pic.twitter.com/JivSPTVn88
– Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) November 19, 2021
Legend .. Happy retirement after playing AB .. ð https://t.co/oGlO4wR3ux
– Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 19, 2021
Also read: AB de Villiers announces retirement from all forms of cricket including IPL
In his retirement social media post, the former South African captain said he is playing the game with sheer fun and unbridled enthusiasm. He also thanked his teammates, opponents and staff who were part of his cricket journey.
âSince the games in the backyard with my older brothers, I have played the game with pure pleasure and unbridled enthusiasm. Today, at 37, that flame no longer burns as strongly. This is the reality that I have to accept – and, although it may seem sudden, that is why I am making this announcement today â.
âI had my time. I want to thank each teammate, each opponent, each coach, each physiotherapist and each member of the staff who have come the same way, and I am touched by the support I have received in South Africa, in India, everywhere I go. ‘have played’, a few lines form his read message.
AB de Villiers played for South Africa from 2004 to 2018, playing 114 Tests, 228 ODI and 78 T20I for the national team. He was a wicket beater. After retiring from international cricket in 2018, Villiers continued to play franchise cricket tournaments like IPL, Big Bash League, Pakistan Super League and Bangladesh Premier League.
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