AB de Villiers Retirement: Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Cricket World Pays Tribute To The Legend
Following AB de Villiers' retirement, sports legends from around the world expressed their warm wishes to the South African hero.Author : Sheetal J Bhalla
De Villiers, who is known for his diverse stroke play, daring aggression, and steely approach to the game, made the announcement on social media yesterday.
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After AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on November 19, Google CEO Sundar Pichai paid tribute to the South African legend. 'One of my all-time favourite shows to watch!' Pichai wrote.
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De Villiers has made an everlasting impression on international cricket, amassing over 20,000 runs and averaging over 50 in both Tests and One Day Internationals. De Villiers, who is known for his athleticism on the field and his adaptability in taking the wicketkeeping gloves when needed, captained South Africa to the 2015 Cricket World Cup semi-finals, where they were defeated by New Zealand.
With three ICC Men's ODI Player of the Year accolades, de Villiers holds the joint record for most ICC Men's ODI Player of the Year awards won over his successful career. After sharing the trophy with Virat Kohli in 2010, 2014, and 2015, it was only natural that Kohli, who was also an IPL colleague at Royal Challengers Bangalore, was among the first to offer tribute.
A number of the game's current superstars paid tribute, with several hailing de Villiers as a game-changer.
Several players from de Villiers' generation spoke up, with several having shared the dressing room as teammates on the domestic scene.
De Villiers retired from international cricket in 2018, and the International Cricket Council (ICC) nominated him for the Sir Garfield Sobers Award for Male Cricketer of the Decade and Men's ODI Cricketer of the Decade.
AB's contribution to the Proteas was acknowledged by Cricket South Africa and several of his international teammates.