Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers. @ Getty Images

Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers 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.

“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 Standard Sport on Monday. (ALSO READ: South Africa slip to third spot in ICC Test rankings following series loss against Sri Lanka)

Although there are certain aspects of international cricket he missed, ABD reveals that he has moved on after retirement.

“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.

South Africa just lost a historic 0-2 Test series to Sri Lanka and De Villiers said that it pains to see his country lose.

“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. (ALSO READ: AB de Villiers to play for Middlesex in T20 Blast: reports)

ABD, who is set to turn up for Middlesex after signing up for the T20 Blast, said he’s excited about playing county cricket.

“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.