AB de Villiers, one of the greatest Modern Day Batter the cricketing world saw, has today announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He had retired from international cricket in 2018, playing for RCB thereafter for 3 editions of IPL. RCB fans never got the privilege to give him a farewell match.
As a tribute to ABD, we bring to you one of his finest innings. It came at the 2015 World Cup against the Carribean team, West Indies. Scroll down if you want to watch only the video.
South Africa vs West Indies, 2nd ODI, Johannesburg, Jan 18 2015, West Indies tour of South Africa
Match Result: South Africa won by 148 runs
Player of the Match: AB de Villiers
Jason Holder | West Indies captain: “Tough game, AB took it away from us. We weren’t doing too badly in the middle overs but he took it away from us. I thought we could have nailed our yorkers better. A lot of the seniors guys have helped me out these that two games and we can move forward. It was commendable the way Sulieman bowled today, hats off to him. Credit to the two guys who did well with the bat, that’s something to work with. We just need to put this behind us.”
AB De Villiers | Man of the Match: “Lots of credit to Rilee and Hash up front, it allowed myself to free up. It was always going to be a lot of aggressive batting around Hash. He’s a world class batsman, he’s making it look easy and taking the pressure off us. I had a lot of time to warm up in the changing room, thinking about how I was playing. I actually wanted David Miller to go in but Russell made a great call, he told me to go in. I played my knock even before I came out to bat, I really wanted to go today. I was on 92 when I knew the record was close and I wasn’t going to take singles!”
AB de Villiers Retirement speech: