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Legendary cricketer AB de Villiers retires, quick facts of childhood, career, family, awards

The legendary South African cricketer retires from the international cricket after an immediate announcement on Wednesday via a video message saying that he had “run out of gas”.

He further said, “After 114 test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired”.

Abraham Benjamin de Villiers was born in Warmbad, South Africa on 17th February 1984. His father, Abraham B de Villiers is a doctor who always encourages his son to take part in the sports.

AB de Villiers had done his schooling from Afrikaans Boys’ High school in Pretoria, South Africa. Not only in cricket, but the all-rounder excels in the sports of golf, rugby, swimming and tennis also. He is a big fan of football sport and follow up Manchester United Football Club team regularly.

Mr 360 started playing for the recognisable cricket when he first played for the Titans in 2003 and further played for Carrickfergus Cricket Club in Northern Ireland as an overseas player.

Making his international cricket debut, AB de Villiers played in December 2004 against England at an early age of 20 years and played excellently. Villiers came into the limelight when he made double century while playing against India making him first South African to made it.

Counting his awards and achievements, AB de Villiers has made fastest half-century, century and 150 in an ODI. He has also made the most sixes in an ODI and is the fastest player to reach 9000 runs in the ODI.

Starting his family life in 2013, AB de Villiers married Danielle Swart and blessed with a son named as Abraham who was born in 2015. He had also showed his musical talent by releasing his album “Maak Jou Drome Waar”.

In the recent Indian Premium league, he played for Royal Challengers Bangalore which was knocked out on Saturday from the series defeated by Rajasthan Royals for the play-off.


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