South African legend AB de Villiers made a huge announcement on his cricket career on Friday when he, in a series of tweets, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. ABD, 37, had already retired from international cricket in but the right-hander continued playing in different T20 leagues including Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Reacting to the news, the RCB issued a statement immediately after ABD’s announcement,” AB de Villiers has been among the best ambassadors of the game, and we are honoured to have him represent RCB in the IPL. His work ethics have been impeccable, which has not only rubbed off on the team, but has left a high benchmark for other youngsters to follow. AB has been a true leader, both on and off the field and we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for his tireless commitment in helping RCB establish itself as one of the premier franchises in the IPL. We wish AB all the best for his next innings in life. He will always be part of the RCB family.”
The decorated South Africa batsman, who began his RCB career in 2011, enjoyed 10 seasons, being a crucial part of 5 Playoff runs in his time. AB de Villiers has made immense contributions to RCB and will go down as one of the greatest players in the team’s illustrious history.
Legend .. Happy Retirement from playing AB .. 👍 https://t.co/oGlO4wR3ux
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 19, 2021
There is no doubt in my mind that @ABdeVilliers17 has been one of the most influential players of his generation. A genius, a true successor to Lara. Wish you well AB. I am sure your countless fans at @RCBTweets will want to give you a befitting send-off. You were a great combo.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 19, 2021
“I’m going to be an RCBian for life. Every single person in the RCB set-up has become family to me. People come & go, but the spirit & the love we have for each other at RCB will always remain. I’ve become half Indian now & I’m proud of that.” – @ABdeVilliers17 #ThankYouAB pic.twitter.com/5b6RUYfjDY
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) November 19, 2021