South Africa’s batting maestro, AB de Villiers shocked the world on Wednesday when he suddenly announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect via a video message.
As fans flooded the social media with their heartfelt messages for the Mr. 360, current and former cricketers also joined in to pay homage to one of the greatest batsmen of all time.
Pakistan’s veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi expressed in a tweet how much he used to enjoy watching AB bat and called him ‘champion batsman’.
Champion batsman! I always enjoyed seeing you bat, the innovations that you brought to the game were a joy to watch esp the sweep shot off fast bowlers. Always respected your enormous talent, a true great of cricket. Stay Blessed. https://t.co/topeiKuLif
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) May 23, 2018
On the other hand, the magician, Saeed Ajmal cherished de Villiers’ amazing batting skills and wished him luck for the future.
Congratulations @ABdeVilliers17 on completing a wonderful cricketing career. Wishing you all the best for your retirement. May all your retirement dreams come true.
— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) May 23, 2018
The inventor of Doosra, Saqlain Mushtaq stated that the coming generations will have to learn a lot from the South African batsman and hailed the kind of entertainment he has provided throughout his career.
Phenomenal display as a Player @ABdeVilliers17 well done on wonderful & inspiring Career, the upcoming generation have a lot to look up to. Amazing entertainment u provided to all. Great competitor attitude in the Feild & fine human being , Good luck AB, stay blessed 🏏
— Saqlain Mushtaq (@Saqlain_Mushtaq) May 23, 2018
Pakistan’s opening batsman, Ahmed Shehzad seemed extremely impressed by the way AB de Villiers quit international cricket.
What a legend!! I’m not going to pick & choose!! Either it’s every format 4 the country or nothing!! Wowww.. something to learn. https://t.co/NcOjY2GTvO
— Ahmad Shahzad 🇵🇰 (@iamAhmadshahzad) May 23, 2018
Pakistan’s right-arm pacer, Umar Gul termed AB de Villiers a source of inspiration for the young cricketers, moreover, he believes that cricket will miss the legend.
It’s always sad to bid farewell to such a a classy player! @ABdeVilliers17 cricket will surely miss a legend like you, u have been a source of inspiration for many young guns out there. Best for luck for all ur future endeavours 👍
— Umar55 (@mdk_gul) May 23, 2018
The middle-order batsman, Umar Akmal was also sad to hear about the Protean’s retirement and stated ‘whenever he would retire it would have been too soon.’
The world will miss @ABdeVilliers17 his class and game is matchless .I learned a lot by watching him and am really sad to hear the news of his retirement .whenever he would retire it would have been too soon #ABisthebest pic.twitter.com/NFVd50eonH
— Umar Akmal (@Umar96Akmal) May 23, 2018
Not only Pakistani cricketers but Chief Minister Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif also turned out to be an avid fan of the South African batsman and recalled his carnage against West Indies where he broke the record for the fastest century by getting to the landmark on just 31 deliveries.
Adios @ABdeVilliers17 ! I remember how you devoured WI with an incredible century off 31 balls. Cricket fans will miss you – one of the greatest batsmen in all forms of the game! btw @SAfridiOfficial how can we forget your 37-ball knock that held the field for quite long!
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) May 23, 2018
AB de Villiers was a dynamic batsman, he could score 150 runs in just 64 deliveries and in order to save a Test match, he could face 220 balls for 33 runs.