India vs. South Africa matches will no longer have an AB factor! Superstar cricketer AB de Villiers shocked everyone by announcing his retirement from all form of international cricket with immediate effect on 23 May.
The South African batsman took to Twitter to share his tough decision with his fans and followers. He began his video by saying, ‘I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect. After 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired.’
‘This is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside,’ he continued.
I’ve made a big decision today pic.twitter.com/In0jyquPOK
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 23, 2018
We at Bold Outline made a short trivia on one the greatest and finest batsmen in the modern era:
AB has made world’s fastest ODI 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls). He has the second highest individual Test score for South Africa (278 not out).
The South African batsman has the highest points (935) on the ICC Test rankings and has received the coveted SA Cricketer Of The Year Award twice (2014 and 2015).
The 34-year-old star retires with an incredible average of 50.66 in Test matches and finishes as the No.2 ranked player in the world in limited overs cricket.
He has made the most number of test runs before getting out for a duck (2958 runs) and played the most number of test innings without scoring a duck. (78 innings).
He is called Mr.360 in International cricket. This is because he can hit shots all around the wicket.
He has also bowled in Tests and ODIs. He has 2 wickets in Tests and 7 ODI wickets to his name.
AB is a multi-sports person. He was a part of South Africa Junior National Hockey Team and holder of 6 South African school swimming awards. He has also played rugby and was a part of his school’s rugby team and represented South Africa at the National Under-19 Badminton championships.
The South African legend was also a member of SA junior Davis Cup team (Tennis) and was shortlisted for Junior National Football Squad. He also plays golf professionally.
Other than athletic talents, AB is a professional singer, with his own band. He once collaborated with his friend and South African singer Ampie Du Preez for Maak Jou Drome Waar – a music album (Make your dreams come true). He has also sung at ICC awards.