The cricket fans all over the world were given heartbreaking news when it was confirmed that beloved South African batsman AB de Villiers will not come out of his retirement to play again for his country. The 37-year-old had announced in 2018 that he was hanging up his boots from international cricket. However, considering his spectacular performances for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL, there were reports that ABD could make a sensational return to the national side for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
No ABD comeback happening for South Africa
The news of AB de Villiers returning to play for his national side has been the major talking point for the last couple of months. The fans were eagerly waiting to see Mr. 360 return to the side with South Africa set to play T20Is against West Indies and Ireland. However, all the cricket lovers were disheartened to see the name of AB de Villiers missing from the squads. To add salt to the wound, CSA also confirmed that discussions with the SA batsman have concluded, with ABD deciding once and for all, that his retirement will remain final.
BREAKING: "Discussions with AB de Villiers have concluded with the batsman deciding once and for all, that HIS RETIREMENT WILL REMAIN FINAL."- Cricket South Africa#BreakingNews #abdevilliers #abd #mr360 #viratkohli pic.twitter.com/LnP2a55VIh
— SportsTiger (@sportstigerapp) May 18, 2021
Twitter reacts in disappointment
The cricket fans couldn’t hold back their disappointment as the news was confirmed on Tuesday. While some people were left heartbroken, the others were left emotional. The fans also claimed that ABD not returning to the national side is not just a loss for Cricket South Africa but for the whole cricketing world. While everyone was expectedly upset, one fan wanted ABD to take citizenship of India and play for the Men in Blue.
Check out the Tweets:
— Shivani Shukla (@iShivani_Shukla) May 18, 2021
AB De Villiers 💔😔
— Dharam Malam (@ImDharam1210) May 18, 2021
A loss so huge for South African cricket, but even more for international cricket.#ABdeVilliers
— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) May 18, 2021
The dream of AB de Villiers making a comeback to international cricket is now broken.
— Sritama Panda (@cricketpun_duh) May 18, 2021
Very sad to know that @ABdeVilliers17 will not come back in international cricket but we should respect his decision
I can't stop my tears😢
— Jaswanth CHIPPADA (@JaswanthCHIPPA3) May 18, 2021
WHYYY @ABdeVilliers17 WHY?
— Yash // DM FOR COVID LEAD (@ABDxSRK) May 18, 2021
So AB de Villiers not coming out of retirement! 😥
*Chan se jo toothe koi sapna* plays in the background…
— Vinesh Prabhu (@prabhu_vinesh) May 18, 2021
Dear @ABdeVilliers17 take Indian citizen ship and play for India. That's it that's the tweet
— CE•D👷 (@itsDevRA) May 18, 2021