Ravichandran Ashwin congratulates AB de Villiers on great career, says wonderful watching you bat
- AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday
- R Ashwin congratualted ABD for a great career
- De Villiers ended his career as a South African legend
South African cricketer AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday. The player was congratulated for a great career by Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Saturday. AB de Villiers shut the curtain on any future appearances in T20 leagues across the world.
The attacking batter who is often credited for taking T20 cricket to new heights. He had announced his retirement from international cricket back in May 2018, since then he had been travelling the world by playing in the domestic leagues of numerous countries.
Ravichandran Ashwin posted the congratulatory message on his official Twitter account. The star off-spinner wrote “Congratulations on a great career @ABdeVilliers17 👏👏. It was wonderful watching you bat all these years and good luck with what lies ahead.”
The 37-year-old ended his career with staggering numbers. ABD scored 9,424 runs in T20s with a strike rate of 150.13 in 320 innings. He left the pitch not out on 67 occasions, scored 4 centuries and 69 fifties with a high score of 133 not out. On top of that he took 230 catches and registered 18 stumpings.
Graeme Smith, Cricket South Africa’s Director of Cricket, declared the Proteas batter to be in a class of his own.
In an official press release by Cricket South Africa, Graeme Smith said, "It's safe to say that AB is in a class of his own,"
The Director of Cricket for CSA added, "I was fortunate enough to not only play with him, but to captain him as well. Always a team man, AB was never afraid to step up to the plate in whatever capacity his team needed him in. He has batted, bowled and kept wicket for South Africa with the same passion and drive he puts into every task requested of him -- we won't even mention the outstanding fielder that he was on top of it all,"