Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli (R) and team mate AB De Villiers celebrate during a IPL match. Photo: Manjunath Kiran/AFP
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli (R) and team mate AB De Villiers celebrate during a IPL match. Photo: Manjunath Kiran/AFP

’To the best player of our time’: Virat Kohli and social media reacts to AB de Villiers’ retirement

By Zaahier Adams Time of article published Nov 19, 2021

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Cape Town - Proteas and Royal Challengers Bangalore superstar AB de Villiers retired from all forms of cricket on Friday morning.

The entire cricket world has reacted to what “Mr 360” brought to the game and showed their appreciation on social media.

His beloved franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore were the first to show their love…

Royal Challengers Bangalore said said de Villiers was like no other.

“@ABdeVilliers17 retires from all cricket End of an era! There’s nobody like you, AB. We’ll miss you dearly at RCB. For all that you’ve done and given to the team, to the fans, and to cricket lovers in general, #ThankYouAB Happy retirement, legend!”

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Announcement 🔊 @ABdeVilliers17 retires from all cricket

End of an era! 😔 There’s nobody like you, AB. We’ll miss you dearly at RCB. ❤️ For all that you’ve done and given to the team, to the fans, and to cricket lovers in general, #ThankYouAB 🙏![CDATA[]]>🏼 Happy retirement, legend! pic.twitter.com/JivSPTVn88

— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) November 19, 2021

Before the ’bromance’ of India and RCB captain Virat Kohli was shared.

“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,” said Kohli on Twitter

Former Proteas teammate JP Duminy also weighed in saying that it was a priviledge to play along side De Villiers

“It's been a legendary journey gentleman. Here's to the best days ahead of us.. congrats on a sterling career @ABdeVilliers17 just a chilled day in the Caribbean sitting between 2 GOATS Goat of the game.. privileged to have shared the field with them.”

England’s Jos Buttler, dubbed the new “Mr 360”, also sent his well-wishes to De Villiers, saying how he would just love to watch him bat.

“What a player! I was one of so many who would turn on the tv just to watch you bat. Enjoy retirement, what a career.”

@ZaahierAdams

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