June 25, 2019 | 9:50 AM IST

AB de Villiers retires from international cricket

Cricket fans are in shock as South African batsman AB de Villiers announced his immediate retirement from international cricket via a video message stating that he had “run out of gas”. The 34-year old batsman said, “This is the right time to hang up boots, bringing a close to a sterling 14-year career”. During his career, he played 114 test matches, 228 one-day internationals, and 78 T20 matches. De Villiers has a batting average of over 50 in both Test and ODI cricket. He took his retirement from test matches in 2017, missing the series against England, but quit his decision in December. He completed 8765 runs in Test match series and capped 22 centuries in the format with a staggering score of 9577 runs in ODIs and 1672 in T20s. “I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired," de Villiers said on Wednesday. Further added, "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.” “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.”

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