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.

AB de Villiers (Image credit: Twitter)

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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.

AB de Villiers, ODI World Cup 2015
AB de Villiers (Image credit: Twitter)

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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.

AB de Villiers, IPL, RCB
AB de Villiers (Image credit: Twitter)

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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.

“Since 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 ”.

“I 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, South Africa
AB de Villiers (Image credit: Twitter)

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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