4. South Africa Skipper Faf Du Plessis
“Gonna miss playing with mate . So many great memories of partnerships that we shared on the cricket field. Sad that we won’t bat together again for the green and gold . Gonna miss you. @abdevilliers17,”.
5. All-Rounder Albie Morkel
“Takes a gentleman to know when enough is enough. Was an absolute pleasure to follow your career. Now go find something difficult to do! Well done AB! @ABdeVilliers17,”
6. Virender Sehwag
“Congratulations @ABdeVilliers17, the most loved cricketer in the world, on a wonderful career. International cricket will be poorer without you, but you will continue to be celebrated by cricket fans around the world,”
AB de Villiers debuted for South Africa in December 2004, played in 114 Test matches with a score of 8765 runs at an average of 50.66. He has amazing 22 centuries and 46 half-centuries in cricket’s longest format. Captain of South Africa to the semi-finals of the 2015 ICC World Cup, he scored 482 runs at an average of 96. He has a unique record of scoring fastest 50 (in 16 balls), fastest 100 (in 31 balls) and fastest 150 (in 64 balls) in ODI cricket.
He is famous as a ‘360-degree’ batsman because he can play shot in all degrees and directions. Also, he is often compared to Sir Viv Richard for his attacking batting style. Have a look at how the cricketing world reacted to AB de Villiers retirement here.