The 34-year-old has been a titanic determine within the Proteas’ heart order for greater than a decade and can pass down as one among their biggest ever batsmen.
De Villiers starred within the contemporary Check collection victory over Australia – and most effective final yr recommitted to representing South Africa in all codecs after taking a ruin from Check cricket – however admitted his efforts have left him fatigued.
He mentioned in a video on his Twitter account: “I’ve determined to retire from all global cricket with speedy impact.
“After 114 Check fits, 228 ODI’s and 78 T20 Internationals, it’s time for others to take over. I’ve had my flip, and to be fair, I’m drained.
“This can be a difficult choice, I’ve concept hard and long about it and I would love to retire whilst nonetheless taking part in first rate cricket. After the improbable collection wins in opposition to India and Australia, now appears like the best time to step apart.”
De Villiers collected 8,765 runs at a mean of 50.66 in Checks and an extra 9,577 at 53.50 in ODIs over the process a stellar 14 years.
Conventional strokeplay was once combined with an aptitude for the unorthodox, incomes De Villiers the moniker of ‘Mr 360’ for his talent to hit the ball to all portions of the bottom.
He holds the arena report for the quickest half-century, hundred and 150 in ODIs, and is one among just a handful of batsmen to carry the #1 rating in Checks and the 50-over structure on the similar time.
Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani mentioned: “AB is among the all-time greats of South African cricket who has overjoyed spectators world wide together with his sheer brilliance, coupled to his talent to innovate and take modern-day batting in all 3 codecs however in particular within the white ball ones to new ranges.
“What’s most probably extra essential is the muse he has been to his team-mates whether or not taking part in at global or home degree and the fantastic function fashion he has been to all our aspiring kids.
“It is going with out announcing that he’s going to be a great deal ignored anywhere global cricket is performed.”