He had already retired from the national team. Former South African captain AB de Villiers, who picked up the jersey in 2016, has played in various franchise leagues around the world.
From IPL’s Royal Challengers Bangalore to Pakistan’s Lahore Calendars, BPL’s Rangpur Raiders, Big Bash’s Brisbane Hit — many franchises have worn jerseys. This time the star batsman also ended his journey. He said it was time to move away from all forms of cricket.
De Villiers announced his decision on social media today. “I had a wonderful journey,” he said. But I have decided to retire from all forms of cricket. Ever since I played cricket in the backyard with my older brother, I have enjoyed the game, playing with the ultimate interest. Now at the age of 36, he is no longer interested. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. ”
“It simply came to our notice then. That is why I am making this announcement today. It’s time for me. Cricket has given me so much. Whether I play in South Africa, Titans, Royal Challengers Bangalore or anywhere else in the world, this game has given me so much that I will be forever grateful for, ”added de Villiers.
“I want to thank all my teammates, every opponent, every coach, every staff member and every paramedic who took part in my journey,” said the former South African captain. I have played anywhere in the world, including South Africa, India, got their support. For which I am grateful. Not to mention those in the end, my family. So much would not have been possible without my family accepting the sacrifice for me. My parents, my brother, my wife Danielle and my children. I look forward to the next chapter in my life, the one in which they will be my top priority. ‘
De Villiers has played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 7 Twenty20s for South Africa in his 18-year career. He wanted to return to the national team in 2020, but his wish was not fulfilled due to the reluctance of the board officials. De Villiers, who played for Delhi Daredevils for three years from 2006, has been playing for Bangalore in the IPL since 2011. Since then, the franchise has not changed. After Virat Kohli’s departure from the leadership, it was thought that he could take over the captaincy of Bangalore. De Villiers stopped the talks by announcing his retirement.