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WHY AB WHY?


It was about 17:10 in the office and I was working on my PC to meet deadlines. A message popped up from a famous cricket app "Breaking News: AB de Villiers retires from International cricket" Heart missed a beat. A shocker, the man who was expected to play his last International World cup next year has left the cricketing circle. He puzzled the whole fraternity with this announcement.

Who is Ab de Villiers?
He is a man known for modesty and simplicity. Did I just say a man? Nope, he is the superman of the Cricketing world. Loved all over the world irrespective of nation, this guy has taken the sport to next level and provided the fans an umpty number of memories to cherish.

No one expected this from him, Did the heartbreak in the Indian Premier League made him take this decision?  He mentioned that "he wants to play all three formats or nothing". 

He also mentioned yesterday morning that how RCB is planning to win the cup next Year. What happened all of a sudden in a matter of hours?

AB played a vital role in scripting the wins against India and Australia earlier this year. He was the "guardian" of the SA middle order and now hung up his boots in a  hope that youngsters can fill it in the coming years.

What an asset he was to the team. Two great knocks of 149 and 162 against Windies in the same year. He can hit a 31 ball century and he can also save your side by 220 balls 33. 

In his autobiography, he mentioned the way Jaques Rudolph, Faf du Plessis, Martin van Jaarsvald and Jacques Kallis have impacted his career and made him a better and a solid "all-format" player.

AB is not only loved in SA. His fan base in India proves the character he exhibited on the field. As a general public, I witnessed his 100th test at the Chinnaswamy stadium where the crowd went mad once he came to bat. That moment is enough to describe the hearts he had won over the years.

Survived with his wife Danielle, kids AB and John Richard, he has over tons of moments to cherish forever.

Tons of fans and the sport itself will miss you Champ.

<3 AB-forever

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