South African legend AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from international cricket, just a couple of days after his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore bowed out of IPL 2018. De Villiers played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 Twenty20 internationals, scoring over 20,000 runs. De Villiers finishes with 8765 runs at 50.66, 9577 ODI runs at 53.50 and 1672 runs in T20s at 26.12. He scored 22 Test centuries and 25 in ODIs.
De Villiers announced his decision on Twitter saying he is ‘tired’. "I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect. After 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired," said de Villiers.
"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. 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. I will always be grateful to the coaches and staff of Cricket South Africa for their support through all these years," he went on to add.
"The most important thank you goes out to all of my team mates throughout my career, I wouldn't be half the player that I am without the support throughout the years. 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. 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,” he signed off.