Former South Africa captain, Ab de Villiers revealed the key reason for his retirement from international cricket, he also stated that he is relieved from his decision and happy to lead a retired life.
While speaking to an English UK daily, De Villiers said, “It’s been unbearable at times: the pressure you have to face, performing day in and day out. The expectations that you put on yourself, from fans, from the country, from coaches. It is huge, and it’s something that’s on your mind all the time as a cricketer.”
“I know nothing will compare to that feeling of scoring hundreds in a big game. Thousands of people chanting your name. But in all fairness, it’s definitely something that I’m not going to miss. Not yet. I’m very happy to have stepped away. Absolutely no regrets,” he told ‘The Independent’.
“But I truly believe that players who tell you they don’t feel the pressure of international cricket, being away from home for months at a time, are lying to everyone and themselves,” he added.
The swashbuckling batsman made his debut in 2004 has scored 8765 runs from 114 Tests at an average of 50.66 including 22 centuries. When it comes to the ODIs, he has amassed 9577 runs from 228 matches at an average of 53.50 with 25 tons.
However, the 34-year-old will continue to play in IPL.
“I’m still going to play for a few years; I’ll still play a little bit around the world. But on my own terms,” he signed off.