Heartfelt Reactions That Prove Cricket Will Never See Another Like AB De Villiers
Heartfelt reactions for the AB De Villiers.
Over the years, the world of cricket has witnessed many stars etching their names in the history books on the back of sublimes performances. While the consistency and might of Sir Don Bradman allowed him to become one of the greats, Sachin Tendulkar’s fluent stroke-play saw him reach the pinnacle of the sport.
Similarly, in the recent years, cricket has seen the rise of Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson, who have staked their claim as the modern-day greats. Though they continue to win accolades with their ever-surprising batting skills, there is one man who seems to have carved his own niche – the kind that allowed the cricket fraternity to see beyond the obvious.
AB de Villiers is undoubtedly the pioneer of the concept of what we all have come to know as the ‘360 player’. As solid as he has been in his technique, De Villiers’ innovation and out-of-the-box thinking graced the game and fans with shots that no one thought were possible. While many bowlers plan and strategise in advance to outwit the opposition batsmen, there is literally nothing they can do against the swashbuckling De Villiers.
If his reverse-sweep sixes and crazy scoops from outside the off stump sent us all in delirium, De Villiers’ freakish athleticism also appears to have set new standards in the fielding department. He can dive, jump, lunge and even pluck the ball out of thin air. Clearly, there’s nothing this man can’t do on the cricket field. And, that’s exactly why ABD has managed to create a massive fanbase across the globe.
But, on 23rd May, cricket fans all over the world were handed a massive blow after the South African legend announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket. In his official statement, De Villiers said: “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. 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,” he added.
The news of his retirement sent shockwaves across the cricket fraternity as many individuals wished it was a rumour. And, the fact that his Twitter video, where he revealed the big decision, has garnered over 38k likes and 25.9k comments shows what this special cricketer meant to the world.
Here’s a look at five heartfelt reactions that prove we’ll never see another like AB de Villiers:
‘Cricket Will Be Poorer Without You’
‘Mr 360, You’ll Be Missed’