South African explosive batsman AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in November last year. After this he will not play for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, the 37-year-old Mr 360 has expressed his desire to be associated with cricket and probably wants to be associated with RCB as a coach. After retiring from cricket, de Villiers has openly talked about it. The explosive batsman has revealed that he had made up his mind to say goodbye to cricket during IPL 2021 itself.
It has been an incredible journey, but I have decided to retire from all cricket.
Ever since the back yard matches with my older brothers, I have played the game with pure enjoyment and unbridled enthusiasm. Now, at the age of 37, that flame no longer burns so brightly. pic.twitter.com/W1Z41wFeli
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) November 19, 2021
De Villiers said in a conversation with Times Live, ‘Cricket has always been a pleasure for me. But being in a bio bubble apart from family for a long time during IPL made it very difficult. IPL 2021, which took place in two phases, affected me a lot physically but mentally. IPL 2021 was organized in two parts. It was held in India before the first half was temporarily suspended.
The former explosive batsman said that he always had a love for the game which motivated him to play and perform well. But the moment he realized that it was no longer the same, he felt it was the right time to retire. After this, after a lot of thought, he announced to say goodbye to cricket.
“I found myself in a place where scoring runs and doing well for the team didn’t really match everything that went with him,” he said. From here the balance started deteriorating and I came to the attention of sannyas. I have never been someone who believes in pursuing my potential and every single energy of my cricketing prowess. I have always played the game for pleasure. But with the kind of decline that started, I knew it was time for me to move on.