The Surprising Reason Behind AB de Villiers’ Early International Retirement Revealed

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Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers has unveiled shocking revelations about the reasons behind his early exit from international cricket, disclosing that he played his final years with a detached retina. Despite officially retiring from international cricket in 2018, the cricket icon continued to showcase his talent in franchise-based T20 leagues, notably with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. However, behind the scenes, de Villiers faced a formidable challenge: a detached retina that cast a shadow over his last two years in the sport.

De Villiers candidly opened up about the eye injury he sustained before retiring. He emphasized that in the two years leading up to his retirement from all forms of cricket in 2021, the batsman, heavily reliant on hand-eye coordination and reflexes, operated in the dark.

The prospect of a comeback at the 2019 World Cup stirred speculation, fueled by rumors suggesting de Villiers’s interest in rejoining the national team after his 2018 retirement. However, Cricket South Africa’s offer, extended just a day before the squad announcement for the tournament, remained unanswered. The cricket board opted to stick with a team that had seamlessly gelled over the previous two years.

AB de Villiers had established himself as one of the game’s premier batsmen, amassing 8765 runs in 114 Tests and 9577 runs in 228 One-Day Internationals.