It was too much for Twitter to digest as AB de Villiers announced retirement from international cricket.
It was all too sudden for cricket fans to come to terms with. The way AB de Villiers posted a video message on his Twitter account announcing his retirement from all forms of International cricket came as a shock to the entire cricketing fraternity.
With 20,014 Runs, 47 Centuries and 109 fifties in a total of 420 Matches, ABD is a true modern great. He is probably the best limited overs batsman to have played the game from South Africa.
What increased the shock value for the fans was that ABD called it a day to international cricket with the 2019 World Cup just round the corner.
ABD could have easily retired from Test cricket and continued as a limited overs specialist but he decided otherwise. The greatness of the man is evident from the fact that he said and believes that it’s either everything or nothing when it comes to International cricket.
Twitter was in a state of frenzy as it reacted to ABD’s decision:
AB De Villiers did what he always does. He has left everyone gasping.
— SAGAR (@sagarcasm) May 23, 2018
AB De Villiers has at least one
The biggest entertainer in the last decade has bid goodbye to International cricket…your absence will be felt, AB. Cricket will be poorer. Wish you all the best for your future endeavours. Go well @ABdeVilliers17 🙌👍
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 23, 2018
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) May 23, 2018
Congratulations @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 pic.twitter.com/uA7CBlYE9F
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 23, 2018
I 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 pic.twitter.com/8gQBDWbAp7
— mark boucher (@markb46) May 23, 2018
The man who did almost everything as cricketer!
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) May 23, 2018
The universe lost its last infinity stone,AB de villiers😢😞 We’ll miss u Mr. 360😞 have a great life ahead!
— Neetesh (@infineetz) May 23, 2018
Don’t say that AB de Villiers has retired from all forms of international cricket, say that AB de Villiers has retired from cricket in all 360 degrees.
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) May 23, 2018
AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect. De Villiers bows out of international cricket as one of the greatest players to have represented South Africa, having played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is #Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) May 23, 2018
There will be no AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel when the Proteas go to Sri Lanka in July
— Philasande Sixaba (@psixaba) May 23, 2018
AB de Villiers, the best all format batsman of his generation, retiring from international cricket a year before 2019 WC is a huge blow – maybe biggest yet – to primacy of international cricket.
— Tim (@timwig) May 23, 2018
I don’t have much AB de Villiers in my photo album but I was at the SCG when he blasted 162* (66) against the WI in the 2015 World Cup. Here’s the standing ovation as he left the field: pic.twitter.com/yiOdYxxDan
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) May 23, 2018
AB de Villiers destroyed Aust earlier this year and at times played as well as I’ve ever seen any batsman do so. The fact he’s retiring without taking a crack at the 2019 World Cup is disappointing
— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) May 23, 2018
” After 114 Test matches, 228 ODI’s and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired ” ~ AB De Villiers
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) May 23, 2018
That “ To be honest, I’m tired ” line from AB de Villiers hits me hard 😭#ThankYouABD ❤
— . (@Nawaz18_here) May 23, 2018
A YORKER for ALL Cricket fans ….this one from AB de Villiers ….. by announcing retirement from International cricket … we are BOWLED !!! …will miss you @ABdeVilliers17
— Girish Johar (@girishjohar) May 23, 2018
You had it all. Be it 43 (297) or 162 (66). You knew how to handle the game.
Thank you AB de Villiers for the memories.
— 🐸 (@imdfucc) May 23, 2018
There are very few batsmen with superior records to AB de Villiers & there are even fewer who have displayed greater talent. He could play seam, swing, spin & score 360°. This is the man who scored 149 off 44 balls in an ODI & 43 off 297 balls in a Test match. A giant & a genius.
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) May 23, 2018