New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Former South African cricket legend AB de Villiers on Friday announced that he has decided to retire from all forms of the game. In a series of tweets, the 37-year-old thanked his family members and his supporters but accepted that his growing age has started to affect his game.

de Villiers, who had retired from international cricket in May 2018, said that cricket has been "exceptionally kind" to him, adding that he always enjoyed playing the game whether it was the Titans or his national team or the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

"It has been an incredible journey, but I have decided to retire from all cricket. Ever since the back yard matches with my older brothers, I have played the game with pure enjoyment and unbridled enthusiasm. Now, at the age of 37, that flame no longer burns so brightly," de Villiers said.

"Last, I am aware that nothing would have been possible without the sacrifices made by my family - my parents, my brothers, my wife Danielle and my children. I look forward to the next chapter of our lives when I can truly put them first," he added.

"I would like to thank every teammate, every opponent, every coach, every physio and every staff member who has travelled the same path, and I am humbled by the support I have received in South Africa, in India, wherever I have played," he further said.

de Villiers has played 114 Tests and scored 8,765 runs at an average of 50.66. He has also taken two Test wickets. His highest score was 278 not out and also has 22 centuries against his name. Making his Test debut against England in 2004, de Villiers has been one of the star performers of South Africa.

He has been a 360 degree player in ODIs and T20 Internationals. De Villiers has played 228 ODIs and scored 9577 runs at an impressive average of 53.50. His highest score in ODIs was 176 at an strike rate of 101.09. He has scored 25 centuries in ODIs. He made his ODI debut in 2005 against England. In 78 T20Is, he has scored 1672 runs at an average of 26.12. He made his T20 international debut in 2006 against Australia.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma