In a big loss not simply for South Africa however likewise world cricket, AB de Villiers pulled the drape down on his stunning international cricketing career. Revealing his retirement, de Villiers said that he had run out of gas and required to make method for others. His decision ahead of the 2019 ODI World Cup definitely comes as a huge blow for the Proteas. Especially since another South African stalwart, Morne Morkel, too ended his international profession recently.Read: AB de Villiers quits international cricket,'exhausted'and 'running out of gas 'That said, de Villiers leaves worldwide cricket on a high. His respected batting and athleticism on the field were unrivaled, earning him fans worldwide. Understood as Mr 360 degrees for his fantastic ability to improvise and play shots to all corners of the park, de Villiers was among the most amusing gamers fans have seen. And to top it off, he played the game with extraordinary grace and spirit, making him a function model for budding cricketers.Statistics speak volumes of de Villiers'sheer talent. He holds the record for the fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODI history.
He is the only batsman to typical 50-plus in ODIs in seven straight calendar years from 2009 to 2015. And he is one of only two batsmen to score 5,000-plus runs at 50-plus average in both Tests and ODIs-- the other being Virat Kohli.The South African's popularity in India no doubt grew due to his stint in the IPL playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. True, he might never ever win a World Cup
or the IPL. But that in no way lessens de Villiers'outstanding career. While de Villiers will continue to play domestic cricket, he will be sorely missed on the world phase. He signs off as a modern-day giant of the game.