New Delhi: AB de Villiers’ has finally decided to “hang up his boots” after a long and illustrious career. Wishes are pouring from around the world as the batting maestro announces his retirement. Virat Kohli, former captain of RCB, and AB de Villiers share a great camaraderie with each other. It is no secret that Virat Kohli has been a fan of de Villiers’ batting and both have been part of several partnerships on the field while playing for RCB.

In an emotional post on Twitter, Virat says, “To the best player of our times and the most inspirational person I’ve met, you can be very proud of what you’ve done and what you’ve given to RCB my brother. Our bond is beyond the game and will always be. This hurts my heart but I know you’ve made the best decision for yourself and your family like you’ve always done. I love you. @ABdeVilliers17″

To which AB de Villiers’ replied:

Some other reactions around the world:

The 37-year-old had played 184 IPL matches, initially for Delhi Capitals (Delhi Daredevils in the past) for three seasons followed by a fruitful decade with Bangalore, where he shaped an impressive camaraderie with Virat Kohli.

His IPL career was like a dream for his fans around the world. He scored 5162 runs at a staggering T20 average of 39.70 and strike rate of 151.68, with 40 half-centuries and 3 centuries. While de Villiars was part of the RCB squad, they made the IPL play-offs five times in 10 years.