De Villiers hailed as a 'colossus' after quitting Proteas
AB de Villiers has been hailed as "a colossus on the world stage" and a South Africa all-time great after retiring from international cricket.
The prolific 34-year-old batsman on Wednesday called time on his Proteas career, stating he is "tired" and "running out of gas".
Former South Africa captain De Villiers played 114 Tests, 228 one-day internationals and 78 Twenty20 internationals over a 14-year period, scoring 47 centuries for his country.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) acting chief executive Thabang Moroe paid tribute to arguably the most innovative batsman to have played the game.
"AB has been a colossus on the world stage for well over a decade and we are indeed grateful that most of this time he has been wearing the colours of our beloved Proteas," said Moroe.
"We all have our standout memories of his career and they are all very happy ones. I think particularly of the way he was embraced by the whole of India when he led the Proteas to their ODI series victory in India a few years ago.
"He has captained the Proteas with distinction in all the international formats and his many achievements include making our first double century in a Test in India in 2008 and being a key member of our Test side when they scored their first ever away series wins in England and Australia and ascended to the number one ranking in 2012.
"His ability to improvise has made him known as 'Mr 360 degrees' in white-ball cricket and we will never ever forget those remarkable innings that earned him the fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODI cricket.
"We are immensely grateful for what he has meant to South African cricket in all its constituencies and we wish him and his family everything of the best for the future."
Mr. 360, @ABDeVilliers17, is retiring from international cricket. For your viewing pleasure, we revisit when he smashed 29 off a Rashid Khan over at #WT20 in 2016! #ABRetires pic.twitter.com/Kw4JuNNx5Z— ICC (@ICC) May 23, 2018
CSA president Chris Nenzani also saluted De Villiers.
"AB is one of the all-time greats of South African cricket who has thrilled spectators around the world with his sheer brilliance, coupled to his ability to innovate and take modern-day batting in all three formats but particularly in the white-ball ones to new levels," he said.
"What is probably more important is the inspiration he has been to his team-mates whether playing at international or domestic level and the wonderful role model he has been to all our aspiring youngsters.
"It goes without saying that he is going to be greatly missed wherever international cricket is played. We thank him for the contribution he has made to South African cricket and specifically to make the Proteas world leaders and we wish him and his family everything of the best in his future endeavours."