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"I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired" - AB de Villers

South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has announced his shock retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect.
The 34-year-old has been a titanic figure in the Proteas’ middle order for more than a decade and will go down as one of their greatest ever batsmen.
De Villiers starred in the recent Test series victory over Australia – and only last year recommitted to representing South Africa in all formats after taking a break from Test cricket – but admitted his efforts have left him fatigued.
He said in a video on his Twitter account: 
“I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect. 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 deVillers

“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.”
Cricket South Africa released a statement after de Villiers made his decision public on social media. CSA President, Chris Nenzani said: 
“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. What is probably more important is the inspiration he has been to his team mates whether playing at international or domestic level and the wonderful role model he has been to all our aspiring youngsters. It goes without saying that he is going to be greatly missed wherever international cricket is played. We thank him for the contribution he has made to South African cricket and specifically to make the Standard Bank Proteas world leaders and we wish him and his family everything of the best in his future endeavours.”
 In ODIs, he will forever be associated with having scored the fastest (to date) centuries, off 31 balls against West Indies in Johannesburg in 2015. De Villiers scored 24 ODI centuries and finishes with a batting strike-rate of 101.09. Among his other stunning match-winning ODI innings are 102* off 59 balls versus India in 2010, 162* off 66 balls versus West Indies during the 2015 ICC World Cup, 119 off 61 balls against India in a must-win ODI in Mumbai in 2015 and 121 off 85 balls to beat England in 2009. 

On the IPL, for RCB de Villiers has so far scored 3314 runs at an average of 41.31 and strike-rate of 159.89, with two centuries and 25 half-centuries. In IPL 2018 he made 480 runs at 53.33.
Mr. 360 calls retirement
De Villiers kept wickets in 24 of his 114 Tests, and during that time his batting average was 57.41, significantly higher than an overall average of 50.66. Across his Test career, de Villiers has won five Man-of-the-Match awards and four Man-of-the-Series awards.  

The news of the retirement of Mr. 360 comes as an absolute shocker for everyone. Still to be considered at his peak,  deVillers' departure from the game leaves several cricketer lovers in tears. Across the globe he was widely considered to be the player who had no haters. An absolute gentleman of the game, a great entertainer and one of the biggest ambassadors of the game of Cricket!