[caption id="attachment_807699" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-807699" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ABD-Getty.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="355" /> Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers. @ Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Former <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/south-africa/">South Africa</a> captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ab-de-villiers/">AB de Villiers</a> dropped a bombshell after he announced his retirement in May last year. De Villiers, who was at his peak, which included a spirited a Test return in which he scored a thrilling 126* in an otherwise low-scoring Test against Australia in Port Elizabeth, said the hectic schedule became too much for him and his family. <p></p> <p></p> Playing at the highest level alongside your friends, scoring runs for your country are things that I look back and go, Ah, I miss that a little bit , but there s a lot I don t miss, De Villiers was quoted as saying in <em>Standard Sport</em> on Monday. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/south-africa-vs-sri-lanka-2019-south-africa-slip-to-third-spot-in-icc-test-rankings-following-series-loss-against-sri-lanka-806537">South Africa slip to third spot in ICC Test rankings following series loss against Sri Lanka</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Although there are certain aspects of international cricket he missed, ABD reveals that he has moved on after retirement. <p></p> <p></p> I don t miss 90 per cent of it. I ve pretty much moved on. I ve made peace with the fact that the World Cup will not define me. Yes, it would be nice to add that to what s been a very enjoyable career, but I know it won t define me as a person or cricketer, he said. <p></p> <p></p>South Africa just lost a historic 0-2 Test series to <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/sri-lanka/">Sri Lanka</a> and De Villiers said that it pains to see his country lose. <p></p> <p></p> You can never keep everyone happy. I ve always been a people pleaser. I m very passionate about my country, but I m at a stage of my life where I ve moved on. There are people who think I should still be playing, but the international scene just became a little bit too much for me with my family and a few other things. You have to answer to yourself, look yourself in the mirror and that s what I ve done. The most important people to please are your family, he said. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ab-de-villiers-to-play-for-middlesex-in-t20-blast-reports-807287">AB de Villiers to play for Middlesex in T20 Blast: reports</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>ABD, who is set to turn up for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/middlesex">Middlesex</a> after signing up for the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/t20-blast">T20 Blast</a>, said he s excited about playing county cricket. <p></p> <p></p> It s exciting that the opportunity to play county cricket has finally come along. And I couldn t hope for a better club to join. The international schedule was always just too hectic for it to happen sooner. Playing your cricket at Lord s is a special bonus. I never made it onto that honours board, but I have great memories of playing there, he said.