After a long and prosperous career, AB de Villiers’ has announced his retirement and since then wishes are pouring at him from around the world.
It’s never hidden that Kohli and AB share a great camaraderie with each other and both have been part of several partnerships on the field while playing for RCB.
In an emotional post on Twitter, Virat said, “To the best player of our times and the most inspirational person I’ve met, you can be very proud of what you’ve done and what you’ve given to RCB my brother. Our bond is beyond the game and will always be. This hurts my heart but I know you’ve made the best decision for yourself and your family as you’ve always done. I love you.
To the best player of our times and the most inspirational person I've met, you can be very proud of what you've done and what you've given to RCB my brother. Our bond is beyond the game and will always be.— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 19, 2021
This hurts my heart but I know you've made the best decision for yourself and your family like you've always done. 💔I love you 💔 @ABdeVilliers17— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 19, 2021
Legend .. Happy Retirement from playing AB .. 👍 https://t.co/oGlO4wR3ux— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 19, 2021
There is no doubt in my mind that @ABdeVilliers17 has been one of the most influential players of his generation. A genius, a true successor to Lara. Wish you well AB. I am sure your countless fans at @RCBTweets will want to give you a befitting send-off. You were a great combo.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 19, 2021
He has played 184 IPL matches, initially for Delhi Capitals for three seasons followed by Bangalore, where he shaped an impressive camaraderie with Virat Kohli.
His IPL career is dreamy with 5162 runs at a staggering T20 average of 39.70 and strike rate of 151.68, with 40 half-centuries and 3 centuries. While de Villiers was part of the RCB squad, they made the IPL play-offs five times in 10 years.