AB de Villiers is retiring from cricket, the South African said in a statement.
AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from cricket.
De Villiers retired from international cricket in 2018 but had continued to play in the Indian Premier League for Royal Challengers Bangalore up until this year.
The 37-year-old, who captained South Africa at T20, ODI and Test level, is regarded as one of the greatest batters of all time, and holds the record for the fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODI cricket.
The South Africa legend said in a statement: “It has been an incredible journey, but I have decided to retire from all cricket. Ever since the back yard matches with my older brothers, I have played the game with pure enjoyment and unbridled enthusiasm. Now, at the age of 37, that flame no longer burns so brightly.
“That’s the reality I must accept – and, even if it may seem sudden, that is why I am making this announcement today. I’ve had my time. Cricket has been exceptionally kind to me.
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“Cricket has been exceptionally kind to me. Whether playing for the Titans, or the Proteas, or RCB, or around the world, the game has given me unimagined experiences and opportunities, and I will always be grateful.
“I would like to thank every teammate, every opponent, every coach, every physio and every staff member who has travelled the same path, and I am humbled by the support I have received in South Africa, in India, wherever I have played
“Last, I am aware that nothing would have been possible without the sacrifices made by my family – my parents, my brothers, my wife Danielle and my children. I look forward to the next chapter of our lives when I can truly put them first.”
De Villiers played in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is for his country.