AB De Villiers retires from all forms of Cricket
The legendary South Africa batter, AB De Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday. He was the soul of the Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL franchise for last 10 seasons since 2011. Ab De Villiers has scored 4491 runs in 156 matches for the Bangalore based franchise.
De Villiers being the second highest run-scorer for the franchise, is just behind the former skipper Virat Kohli. De Villiers, who was a part of Delhi Daredevils before joining RCB. He ended his glamorous IPL career as the sixth-highest run-getter having 5162 runs in 184 matches, with the highest score of 133* against Mumbai Indians in the year of 2015.
Ab De Villiers earlier retired from the international career in 2018, but he was willing to come out of it for the 2019 World Cup but things didn’t work out. He also showed his interest in being a part of the South African team for the T20 2021 WC but his comeback in the South African jersey didn’t happen.
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
“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 Ab De Villiers in his video.
“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.”, added AB De Villiers.
Ab De Villiers was also a part of domestic teams all around the globe. The striker has played for Barbados Tridents, Brisbane Heat, Lahore Qalandars, and a few more in different leagues. After today’s announcement his T20 career stands at 9424 runs in 340 matches including 59 fifties and 4 hundreds.
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul help India take 2-0 lead against New Zealand
Rohit won his second consecutive toss and opted to field first. Debutant Harshal Patel bowled Daryl Mitchell of a slower ball before which he with Martin Guptill gave New Zealand got a desired start. Ravi Ashwin and Patel made it difficult for the kiwis to score runs, with wickets on regular intervals. New Zealand in their quota of 20 overs managed to post 153/6.
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul’s 117-run opening partnership then took India to a comfortable victory. Captain Tim Southee picked two wickets in his final over, but it was all too late for the visitors. Rishabh Pant hit two consecutive sixes to seal the deal for India. India chased down the target with 16 balls to spare.
Tim Paine step down as Australian captain, after sexting scandal
“JUST IN: Tim Paine stands down as captain of the Australian Men’s Test team… More to come…#Ashes” is exactly what a tweet read from Cricket Australia.
JUST IN: Tim Paine stands down as captain of the Australian Men's Test team…
More to come… #Ashes
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 19, 2021
Less than three weeks are left for the biggest clash in test cricket, The Ashes. Every cricket fan has an eye on it, also keeping the World Test Championship in consideration. Before the clash between the arch rivals starts Tim Paine decided to step down from being the captain of the Australian Test team. The resignation comes after an allegations of being involved in a sexting scandal, This news has shaken the Australian cricket board that too just before the Ashes.
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Former Australian skipper, Tim Paine, announced his resignation from the captaincy at a press conference in Hobart on Friday afternoon. It was followed after revelations of a ‘sexting’ incident with a former Cricket Tasmania employee. Paine was involved with her as a co-worker in the year 2017. As per the upcoming reports, Cricket Tasmania female employee was offended by “Mr Paine’s sexually explicit, unwelcome and unsolicited photograph of his genitals in addition to the graphic sexual comments.”
Paine will be a part of the Australian Test squad in the Ashes. Cricket Australia released a statement saying its board had accepted Paine’s resignation and will look to appoint a new test captain.
“It’s an incredibly difficult decision but the right one for me, my family, and cricket,” Paine said in his statement.
“Although exonerated I deeply regretted in incident at a time and I do so today. I spoke to my wife and family at a time and enormously grateful for their forgiveness and support,” Paine further added in his statement.