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AB de Villiers retires from all cricket



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AB de Villiers declared his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday (November 19). This marks the end of his ten-year connection with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, which began in 2011.

De Villiers finishes his RCB career with 4491 runs in 156 games, trailing just Virat Kohli as the team's second-highest run scorer.

De Villiers, who played for Delhi Daredevils before joining RCB, finishes his IPL career with 5162 runs in 184 matches, including a career-best 133* against Mumbai Indians in 2015.

"I have had a long and fruitful time playing for RCB. Eleven years have just whizzed by and leaving the boys is extremely bittersweet. Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time, but after a lot of contemplation, I've decided to hang up my boots and spend quality time with my family," said De Villiers in a statement.

"I would like to thank the RCB management, my friend Virat Kohli, teammates, coaches, support staff, fans, and the entire RCB family for showing faith and supporting me all through these years. It has been a memorable journey with RCB. Have so many memories on the personal front to cherish for the lifetime. RCB will always be very close to me and my family and will continue to support this amazing team. I am a RCBian forever."