de Villiers took to Twitter to break the news of his retirement and Twitterati paid their tributes to the legend.
Such a shame for international cricket @ABdeVilliers17 ... But he has been an unbelievable advert to how I would have loved to have played all 3 formats .. GREAT GREAT Player ... Top 3 that I have ever seen .. #AB— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 23, 2018
Congratulations @ABdeVilliers17 , the most loved cricketer in the world, on a wonderful career. International cricket will be poorer without you, but you will continue to be celebrated by cricket fans around the world pic.twitter.com/uA7CBlYE9F— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 23, 2018
Everyone knows when their time has arrived,abbas is no different. Congrats on a wonderful career @ABdeVilliers17 👏— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) May 23, 2018
"This is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket"— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) May 23, 2018
More from @ABdeVilliers17, after he announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket. #ABretireshttps://t.co/J87YRCTEDi pic.twitter.com/83Laxk9XiZ
I remember this young guy on his 1st day out for Proteas... What an inspiration, person and player he turned out to be. Thank you for everything you have done and been for your country, teammates and fans @ABdeVilliers17 #legend pic.twitter.com/8gQBDWbAp7— mark boucher (@markb46) May 23, 2018
Must admit to being a bit shocked by @ABdeVilliers17 decision to quit all international cricket. We knew it was coming but I thought he would give the World Cup another shot.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 23, 2018
The AB de Villiers retirement news is a real upper cut to international cricket's glass jaw. A worrying affirmation of where the game is headed.— Dileep Premachandran (@SpiceBoxofEarth) May 23, 2018
Don't say that AB de Villiers has retired from all forms of international cricket, say that AB de Villiers has retired from cricket in all 360 degrees.— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) May 23, 2018
The universe lost its last infinity stone,AB de villiers😢😞 We'll miss u Mr. 360😞 have a great life ahead!— Neetesh (@infineetz) May 23, 2018
Don't say that AB de Villiers has retired from all forms of international cricket, say that AB de Villiers has retired from cricket in all 360 degrees. pic.twitter.com/BuCuA8RQGe— Varshith Chitteti (@MynameisVarshi) May 23, 2018
de Villiers, who debuted for South Africa in December 2004, appeared in 114 Test matches scoring 8765 runs at an average of 50.66. He has 22 centuries and 46 half-centuries to his name in cricket's longest format.
ABD, as he is known wold over, was a force to reckon with in the shorter formats as he amassed 9577 runs at an average of 53.50 with 25 centuries and 53 half-centuries under his belt. He has also scored 1672 runs in 78 T20 international matches.
de Villiers was recently part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team that failed to qualify for the play-offs of the Indian Premier League.
He captained South Africa to the semi-finals of the 2015 ICC World Cup, where he score 482 runs at an average of 96.