Former South Africa captain retired from all cricket Friday
Tributes poured in for former South Africa captain AB de Villiers after he announced his retirement from all formats of the game.
The batter, also known as Mr 360, retired from all forms of cricket saying “flame no longer burns so brightly”.
Having made his international debut in 2004, AB de Villiers represented South Africa in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam posted a heartfelt tribute to his ‘childhood inspiration’.
You were my childhood inspiration and I always tried to learn from your charismatic approach. I still remember the first time I met you and how welcoming you were. You have inspired many generations of cricket. Wish you the very best and a happy retirement, @ABdeVilliers17! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/nlqsyW8iSI— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) November 19, 2021
Here are some other messages from cricketers around the world:
This hurts my heart but I know you've made the best decision for yourself and your family like you've always done. 💔I love you 💔 @ABdeVilliers17— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 19, 2021
I remember the times i would pause everything to watch him bat. He was and will always be a champion. Wishing luck to my all time favourite @ABdeVilliers17 for his second innings. pic.twitter.com/AkpvEwpLBw— Fakhar Zaman (@FakharZamanLive) November 19, 2021
An End of Great & Inspirational Era of Mr.360.— Haris Rauf (@HarisRauf14) November 19, 2021
Today, @ABdeVilliers17 left the vaccum of pure class in cricket fraternity.A fabulous Player & brilliant human being I have ever met.❤️The most loved & admired cricketer of his era. Thank you AB for what you did to the cricket game. pic.twitter.com/2VdLwQZ5yU
It has been an absolute honour and a privilege to share the field with you legend. Congrats on a wonderful career and best wishes for future endeavours. pic.twitter.com/0XlKoHnDn8— Hassan Ali 🇵🇰 (@RealHa55an) November 19, 2021
Definitely a kind of relief for myself and all the bowlers . Thank you soo much for the great memories and inspiring soo many of youngsters including me . We will definitely Miss you Mr 360 @abdevilliers17 ❤️❤️🙌🏻🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/yAi23Cv8gw— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) November 19, 2021
Well done @ABdeVilliers17 on a special career. I've been extremely lucky to be on the same cricket field as you. The game will not be the same without you. The greatest player I have played with.🐐 https://t.co/N3BJ3Jxw6Q— Faf Du Plessis (@faf1307) November 19, 2021
Thank you for the memories, the records broken and the entertainment @ABdeVilliers17 💚— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) November 19, 2021
We salute your contribution to the game and wish you everything of the best for the future 🇿🇦 #ThankYouAB pic.twitter.com/iL74NShG4W
Captains across the world relax! The man for whom you couldn't set the field has retired. Ab de Villiers invented new strokes, found gaps that no one knew even existed and was one of cricket's great entertainer. @ABdeVilliers17— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) November 19, 2021
If I have to pick one batsman for all formats in any conditions against any apposition that will be surely @ABdeVilliers17 .One of the toughest competitor and a freak on the https://t.co/NRbyY61Z8u will surely miss https://t.co/A4SvmSGkJU wishes for you and your family. https://t.co/q4Abfjdv53— Misbah Ul Haq (@captainmisbahpk) November 19, 2021
The biggest congratulations to @ABdeVilliers17 on a mind-blowing cricket career. The things you did on the cricket field, us mere mortals could only watch on in awe.— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) November 19, 2021
And to go with it, the sweetest and kindest teammate I have ever played with.
Enjoy the next exciting phase.
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