International cricket will be poorer without AB de Villiers: Sehwag

first_imgSouth African talisman AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on Wednesday, saying he was tired and wanted to step out while still at the top.”After 114 test matches, 228 one day internationals and 78 T20 internationals it is time for others to take over. I’ve had my turn and to be honest I’m tired,” he said in a video message on Twitter and in a statement.”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 (test) 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,” he added.The 34-year-old, whose swashbuckling batting style and razor sharp fielding has made him one of the sport’s leading lights, only returned to test cricket in December after a lengthy hiatus where he focused on the limited overs formats of the game.”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,” he said. “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 (captain) Faf du Plessis and the Proteas.”advertisementCAREER GOALSWith a young family, De Villiers has hinted at international retirement in the last few years, but this past season committed to playing for his country in all three formats.In his 2016 autobiography, he revealed he had two major career goals remaining — to beat Australia in a home test series and win the Cricket World Cup.He achieved the first of those earlier this year, but said last month he was no longer as determined to complete the second in England next year.”I’m taking it one game at a time,” De Villiers was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council website.”My ultimate dream is not to win a World Cup. I’ve changed my mindset. I feel it will be nice to win it, it’ll be a bonus, but if I don’t, it’s not going to define my career.”De Villiers retires with a test average of 50.66 and as the fourth-highest scorer for South Africa with 8,765 runs. He made 22 test centuries and also took 222 catches and five stumpings, having spent part of his career in the role of wicketkeeper.In ODI cricket, he holds the records for the fastest 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls).”AB is one of the all-time greats of South African cricket who has thrilled spectators around the world with his sheer brilliance, coupled to his ability to innovate and take modern day batting in all three formats but particularly in the white ball ones to new levels,” said Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani.This is how Twitter reacted:Like your on-field game, may you have 360-degree success off the field as well. You will definitely be missed, @ABdeVilliers17. My best wishes to you! Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 23, 2018A great of the game who entertained all throughout his career congrats @ABdeVilliers17. Wonderful person as well to cap it off. Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) May 23, 2018One of the world’s finest and most versatile batsmen, retires today. He’s played brilliantly till now and the world will surely miss seeing him on the field. @ABdeVilliers17Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 23, 2018Gutted. A legend of the game. Thank you @ABdeVilliers17 van Niekerk (@danevn81) May 23, 2018An inspiration to millions, and one of the greatest to have come from South Africa. @ABdeVilliers17 retired a true legend! Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) May 23, 2018Many congratulations @ABdeVilliers17 on a glorious Cricket career. You enriched the game with your ability, presence and mannerisms and will continue to be a role-model for aspiring cricketers. Wish you a very happy post-retirement life.VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) May 23, 2018Thank you for all the memories @ABDevilliers17 #ABRetires (@ICC) May 23, 2018I remember this young guy on his 1st day out for Proteas… What an inspiration, person and player he turned out to be. Thank you for everything you have done and been for your country, teammates and fans @ABdeVilliers17 #legend boucher (@markb46) May 23, 2018One of the best! Wish you all the best AB amazing player but above all that great guy… Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) May 23, 2018Not only one of the best ever cricketers to grace this earth but also a beautiful human being!!! Congrats on an awesome Int career @ABdeVilliers17 domestic cricketers themselves with the thought of him playing more games for @Titans_CricketHenry Davids (@HenryDavids19) May 23, 2018What a great career. Best I have ever seen. Was great to be apart of it. @ABdeVilliers17 nou gaan ons braai. harris (@paulharris12) May 23, 2018Go Well Abbas @ABdeVilliers17 Delport (@Cam12Delport) May 23, 2018The man who showed the world that batting 360° is an easy task. All the best for your future endeavours @ABdeVilliers17, thank you for all the unforgettable memories! P Singh (@rpsingh) May 23, 2018Absolute stunning international career @ABdeVilliers17!Top bloke and very down 2 earth! A great ambassador for the game and role model 2 so many!will miss watching you play in the green and gold!all the best for the future my friend and thanks for the memories!#prinsvanpretoria van der Merwe (@Roela52) May 23, 2018So shocked to here @ABdeVilliers17 has decided to call time on his international career. But thats just life and he feels its time to move on. Thank you great man for your amazing Match winning Performances, Skill Captaincy and most of all your Humility.Allan Donald (@AllanDonald33) May 23, 2018Such a shame for international cricket @ABdeVilliers17 … But he has been an unbelievable advert to how I would have loved to have played all 3 formats .. GREAT GREAT Player … Top 3 that I have ever seen .. #ABMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 23, 2018Must admit to being a bit shocked by @ABdeVilliers17 decision to quit all international cricket. We knew it was coming but I thought he would give the World Cup another shot.Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 23, 2018Sad day for @OfficialCSA and cricket in general, he will be missed!! #ABD Kapp (@kappie777) May 23, 2018 Billings (@sambillings) May 23, 2018Congratulations @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 Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 23, 2018last_img

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