South Africa’s premier batsman AB De Villiers has announced his retirement from international cricket citing fatigue issues. He made his announcement through a video message and stated that he was completely fatigued due to playing all forms of the game for South Africa for the past 14 years.
De Villiers said that he has decided to call it quit with immediate effect in a video message on Wednesday. He has played 114 Test matches, 228 One-Day Internationals for South Africa since making his debut for South Africa in 2004 against England. He also played 78 T20 games for South Africa. The premier batsman felt that he couldn’t continue any longer and felt is time for youngsters to take his place in the side.
Many believed that De Villiers would play for South Africa until 2019 Cricket World Cup given his desire to lift a World Cup Trophy for his country. He took a break from the game and did not play Test cricket from January 2016 till December 2017. He made his comeback for South Africa against Zimbabwe in December at Port Elizabeth.
In Test cricket, De Villiers scored 8,765 runs in 114 games at an average of 50.66 while his limited overs cricket record was equally impressive with 9,577 runs in 228 games at an average of 53.50.
He was instrumental in South Africa win their home series against India. He amassed over 400 runs for South Africa to host win their first home series against Australia since readmission to cricket.
South Africa’s ace batsman felt that it was the ideal to step aside after South Africa wrapped up historic series victories over India and Australia. He thanked all the coaches and Cricket South Africa for all the support he has received in his cricketing career.
It is widely believed that De Villiers mostly enjoyed playing limited-overs cricket and led South Africa in 103 matches since taking over the captaincy in 2012. He played in 2015 Cricket World Cup and could not see his side qualify for the finals as they once again fell agonizingly short of victory against New Zealand in the semifinals played at Eden Park, Auckland.
He resigned from one-day captaincy in August 2017 believing that Faf Du Plessis was the right man to lead South Africa for 2019 Cricket World Cup to be played in England.