One of the most heartbreaking and astonishing news that sent shock waves around the world, 'Mr 360' AB de Villiers announcing his retirement. The cricket fraternity all around were left absolutely gobsmacked and left speechless. Team India skipper Virat Kohli took to Instagram to wish the de Villiers on his future endeavours. (IPL 2018 FULL COVERAGE)
"Wish you all the best in everything that you do my brother. You’ve changed the way batting was seen in the time you’ve played international cricket. My best wishes to you and your family for this amazing journey ahead', said Kohli's caption on Instagram.
Kohli and de Villiers shared a special bond on field during their times at the Royal Challengers Bangalore camp. This season the fans got to witness de Villiers at his very best, his wide array of shots, his innovation and his power-filled sixes.
RCB could not, however, make to the IPL playoffs this season despite making a shocking return midway.
The duo of Kohli and de Villiers were destructive together and the 11th edition of the IPL saw exactly just that. The partnership these two shared was special and with de Villiers being their saviour many times, the dynamic batsman were unstoppable once they got going.
The 34-year-old former South African skipper said his jaded body was no longer in a position to take the rigours of international cricket after a staggering 420 matches across three formats with over 20,000 runs and 47 hundreds. (DE VILLIERS' 10 INTERESTING FACTS)
"I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect. After 114 Test matches, 228 ODI's and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired," De Villiers announced through a video message on social networking site Twitter.
After a successful career, the cricket fraternity wished the 34-year old on his future endeavours.