There is no doubt that the world would miss the breathtaking, 360-degree shots of AB Devilliers. The South African held many records to his name, the main amongst them was the fast century in 31 balls against West Indies in 2015 at the Johannesburg stadium. Earlier, the record was held by Corey Anderson who smashed a century in 36 balls against West Indies too.
After nearly two decades of Cricket, Devilliers announced retirement in 2018 from International cricket after amassing 20,017 runs but continued to play in T20 cricket for the franchises. He announced retirement from them also in November 2021. Speaking on his retirement, the batsman shed some insights as to when he thought of retiring. Speaking to TimesLive, the South African said, “I have never been the guy who is going to push every single bit of energy of my ability and my cricketing skill, I have always played for the enjoyment of the game. And the minute that sort of started going down, I knew it was time for me to move on.”
The bio-bubble life due to Covid has made things difficult only not for players but for the officials also. The 2021 IPL was conducted in two phases due to Covid and seeing the possibility of T20 franchises cricket to be conducted in multiple phases, the cricketer decided to hang up his boots.
While Devilliers had formidable support along with the likes of Faf Du Plessis, Quinton De Kock, Hashim Amla, and Dale Steyn, South Africa has not been able to win an ICC tournament till now. The batsman was 34 years of age when he announced retirement in 2018 and many experts believed that he could have gone on for another 4 years before hanging up his boots. Now that his cricketing career is over, the former player is likely to be involved with Cricket as there are rumors of him getting a significant role for RCB in IPL 2022.