Danielle de Villiers has written an emotional tribute to husband, Proteas legend AB de Villiers, after he confirmed his retirement from all cricket on Friday.
AB de Villiers, who played his last international in 2018, tweeted: “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.”
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He played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 internationals for South Africa, scoring more than 20 000 runs across the three formats.
Tribute poured in from around world with former team-mate Graeme Smith saying AB de Villiers was “probably the best player he’d with or against” while India superstar Virat Kohli called De Villiers the “best player of our time”.
But the most meaningful tribute came from AB de Villiers’ wife of nearly nine years.
The couple have two sons and one daughter.
Danielle de Villiers posted to her over 535 000 Instagram followers the following message:
My love, where do I even begin? It has been an honour and a privilege to be your partner and watch you as you journeyed through your incredibly successful career over the past 14 years. Your love and passion for the game is matchless. Your insane talent… Well, there I really am at a loss for words. You are untouchable. Through all the highs and praise you’ve received, you have always remained the most humble human being that I know. And through all the lows and disappointments (and there were many) you never gave up. You always looked up, stood up and fought back stronger. You can be at peace now knowing that all you ever gave was your EVERYTHING. I saw it first-hand. I have learnt so much from you, and I’m not the only one. You have impacted so many lives in the most inspiring way. Through cricket, but also because of the man that you are and your faith that radiates in everything you do.
I would have supported you for 20 more years if that’s what your heart wanted, but now I will continue to stand by your side and hold your hand as we embark upon our next chapter. I know you will find great success in everything you take on!
Ek is so, so trots op jou my engel. Jy is ons hero, en dit sal jy vir altyd bly.