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R0ssei
May 23, 2018, 06:47 AM
South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has retired from international cricket, via a sudden announcement four days after completing another IPL season with RCB.

De Villiers, 34, made his announced public via a video, in which he said "I am tired".

"I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect," he said on Wednesday. "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."

"It would not be right for me to pick and choose where, when and in what format I play for the Proteas. For me, in the green and gold, it must be everything or nothing. I will always be grateful to the coaches and staff of Cricket South Africa for their support through all these years. The most important thank you goes out to all of my team mates throughout my career, I wouldn't be half the player that I am without the support throughout the years."

"It's not about earning more somewhere else, it's about running out of gas and feeling that it is the right time to move on. Everything comes to an end. To the cricket fans around South Africa and the World, thank you for your kindness and generosity, and today, for your understanding.

"I have no plans to play overseas, in fact, I hope I can continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket. I will continue to be the biggest supporter of Faf du Plessis and the Proteas."

Ref: http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23580261/tired-ab-de-villiers-retires-international-cricket

DinRaat.
May 23, 2018, 06:57 AM
Good on him, family comes first.!

Shadow
May 23, 2018, 07:26 AM
I was surprised to hear him talking about running out of gas. He did had some injuries in the recent years. I wish good luck for him and his family.

aklemalp
May 23, 2018, 09:15 AM
I respect his decision, but I am also free to have an opinion on his 'retirement' from international cricket.

Only 1 year away from the cricket world cup, and he decided that...nothing wrong in that, but when you're considered to be one of the premier batsmen in the last generation of ODI cricket, one would expect you to go out with a bang and on a high...

Ashraful's ionic delivery to him was dubbed the 'ball of the decade'

All the best AB :up:

Okay then Abraham Benjamin, I remembered your test debut; I remembered the first time you bowled in tests.

R0ssei
May 23, 2018, 09:27 AM
I respect his decision, but I am also free to have an opinion on his 'retirement' from international cricket.

Only 1 year away from the cricket world cup, and he decided that...nothing wrong in that, but when you're considered to be one of the premier batsmen in the last generation of ODI cricket, one would expect you to go out with a bang and on a high...

...

I had the same opinion. He could have stayed available only for LOI/ODI for his country till the WC. Win or lose, he could have retired after that saying "Well, I gave my last shot", especially when his team, being always in the top 3, never won the WC.

During the last quarter of ICC WC 2019, both ABD and Faf will be 35.

kalpurush
May 23, 2018, 10:45 AM
Good on him, family comes first.!

I thought he is just tired...

adamnsu
May 23, 2018, 12:37 PM
All the best. ABD has had some fine knocks.

bujhee kom
May 23, 2018, 01:24 PM
I ...

Okay then Abraham Benjamin, I remembered your test debut; I remembered the first time you bowled in tests.

Ohh ABD's AB stand for Abraham Benjamin...So, what is D for? Dudu?

I know an Ibrahim Solaiman Dudu bhai from Brahmanbaria...He went to England in the 70's and changed his name to Abraham Solomon in the 80's.

aklemalp
May 23, 2018, 01:56 PM
Ohh ABD's AB stand for Abraham Benjamin...So, what is D for? Dudu?

I know an Ibrahim Solaiman Dudu bhai from Brahmanbaria...He went to England in the 70's and changed his name to Abraham Solomon in the 80's.

Haha, use your imagination man

But I think he's named after Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin

Yankees
May 23, 2018, 02:59 PM
His body so it's his entirely his decision, but I hate the timing. Less than one year from the WC and he's leaving the team hung out to dry.

Also it doesn't look good that he made the decision based on "running out of gas" literally days after 2 intense months of IPL.

R0ssei
May 24, 2018, 07:41 AM
As I thought:

De Villiers hopes to continue playing for the Titans in South Africa and the Guardian understands he is looking to see out the remaining two years of his Indian Premier League deal with Royal Challengers, where his £1.4m salary per season is reportedly worth seven times his international retainer.

Source: The Guardian

Roey Haque
May 24, 2018, 09:39 PM
Can you imagine one of our seniors ever saying this? Bunch of selfish entitled pricks.

Well into their 30s, each one of them, and smug as ever. Grinning jackasses.

Max100
May 24, 2018, 10:37 PM
only SAF and english player retire like this, when they are peak of the form. ABD is considered one of the all time great in every format.

Indian and pakistani players will never ever retire like them. they will try to play sitting in their wheel chair, if possible

its sad that ABDV retires before world cup, when team is not in great shape/ he could have waited till world cup. he is in good form and age is in his favor too. i guess he will sign kalpak deal, next will be amla and duminy and who knows may be faf du plessis might retire too. a bad phase is waiting for SAF

R0ssei
May 25, 2018, 07:11 AM
only SAF and english player retire like this, when they are peak of the form. ABD is considered one of the all time great in every format.

Indian and pakistani players will never ever retire like them. they will try to play sitting in their wheel chair, if possible

its sad that ABDV retires before world cup, when team is not in great shape/ he could have waited till world cup. he is in good form and age is in his favor too. i guess he will sign kalpak deal, next will be amla and duminy and who knows may be faf du plessis might retire too. a bad phase is waiting for SAF

Exactly my point. If SA were in good shape for the WC w/o him, I would gladly accept it. But his team needs him for the biggest tournament a cricketing nation can win. If he omits from Test cricket, he only has to fly for 1-2 weeks for any bi-lateral ODI series. And that again perhaps is for couple of times b4 the WC, moreover, he can avoid playing against the minnows if he feels too tired.

He can commit to 2-month long IPL for 2019; but can't play for SA one last time in the WC - baffles me. Anyway, I would miss him in the WC.

simon
May 25, 2018, 12:38 PM
This is just bullshit from ABD.
He is fielding like spiderman and batting like superman this IPL.
But retiring when we r like one year away from WC.
More than feeling sad I am disappointed with him.

simon
May 25, 2018, 12:43 PM
Imagine if Sakib did this.
This is just selfish.
He could hve just retired from Tests and kept hims3lf ready and available for odis.
He will be playing IPl for sure. :down:

Gowza
May 25, 2018, 05:28 PM
Wa hoping he played longer but I’m sure he’s got injury niggles and issues for the past 5 years so it’s tough. I also get the feeling he wants to make way for someone younger who may deserve a chance but can’t get it because he’s taking up a spot (possibly related to quota’s). Something’s going on with SA cricket, too many players going kolpak.

Mas_UK25
May 26, 2018, 12:42 PM
Suddenly..

Near the WC, why?! Retire aftee wc, play only 50ov format or LOI. But I bet he won’t be tired come the next IPL.

NoName
May 26, 2018, 02:33 PM
The guy deserves an award for his timing of it :floor:

DinRaat.
May 26, 2018, 08:20 PM
Had a lebanese friend who used to call Ab, not A-B but ab has in the abs you have in your stomach..
.

Ab de villiers.

aklemalp
May 26, 2018, 08:29 PM
Lebron would never do a thing like this

Yankees
May 27, 2018, 12:28 PM
Lebron would never do a thing like this

Quit the national team? He did decades ago bro.

aklemalp
May 27, 2018, 12:33 PM
Quit the national team? He did decades ago bro.

Touche:facepalm: