Proteas’ AB De Villiers, however, announced retirement from all forms of cricket in 2018 but wanted to bounce back featuring the nation in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The player was in conversation with the head coach Mark Boucher and Graeme Smith and answered their queries saying he ‘absolutely’ wants to play again. But, the new statements have shocked the entity as the discussion between De Villiers and CSA has finalized his retirement from all forms of the game.
CSA posted that “Discussions with him have concluded with the batsman deciding once and for all, that his retirement will remain final” which means that the fans will not be witnessing their star once again in cricket despite holding back a few hopes after his prior statements regarding a comeback.
The social forums, especially Twitter are getting a mixed response out of which, the vast cricket world is saddened over his farewell whereas, a few slams for betraying his country. The critics believe that he is a continuous part of the IPL playing gloriously in form but could not serve his country more. On the other hand, a few believe that he is a talent wasted by the CSA due to the politics inside the board.
Here are a few of the Tweets showing fans react to De Villiers retirement:
Here is how fans react to De Villiers retirement
South Africa Cricket suffered a lot post his retirement, imagine Virat Kohli Or Rohit Sharma announcing retirement today and be regularly active in IPL in prime form.
Genius as a batsman,but sadly betrayed his country and cricket management in their tough times. #AbDeVilliers
— VK || DEEWANA (@SRK_SRT) May 18, 2021
— Devillierssurya17 (@suryaabde17) May 18, 2021
He's not just a player ?@ABdeVilliers17 ???
— TorchBearerEdits ? (@Torchbearer_143) May 18, 2021
May be it's their decision or SA not wanting them
— Siva Swarna (@SivaSwarna3) May 18, 2021Advertisement
— Parth Somaiya (@ParthSomaiya5) May 18, 2021
— Chandra Shekhar Chattopadhyay (@cschattopadhyay) May 18, 2021
Players prefer money over Int Cricket nowadays.#AbDeVilliers
— Wee (@courage_pak) May 18, 2021
@ABdeVilliers17 led South Africa to the semi – finals of the 2015 Cricket World Cup .@OfficialCSA Now I bet you, You can't even reach the semi – finals of 2021 T20 World Cup without AB.#AbDeVilliers #WeWantHimBack pic.twitter.com/7ZWH7E6j2b
— Vishnu Baburaj (@JalajVishnu) May 18, 2021
A month ago, AB admitted that he did have a chat with Mark Boucher & told him that it'll be fantastic to play for SA. He even said "Absolutely" when asked whether he would be interested. So, now you're telling me he changed his mind all of a sudden. Dirty politics! #AbDeVilliers
— Vimalendu Shekhar (@Ansh_ABde) May 18, 2021
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