The decision hurts, but best for your family: Virat Kohli

Fri Nov 19 2021 18:34:34 GMT+0530 (IST)

South African player AB de Villiers, who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League(IPL) had surprised everyone by announcing retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday. Through a tweet, he broke the news. He said he is lacking the flame to play the game as he turned 37 now.

Virat Kohli, who has been playing with AB De for the RCB for the last decade said that the decision would hurt his heart as considers him as his brother. He said, their bonding goes beyond the game. However, he said, despite the pain AB de Villiers's retirement causes, the decision is the best for him and his family.

Virat Kohli added that he gave everything to the team and what he had done for the team cannot be described in words. I will miss playing alongside and the Chinnaswamy Stadium will miss cheating for you, Virat Kohli said in his Instagram post.

"You've given everything to RCB and I know that in my heart. What you mean to this franchise and to me cannot be put into words. The Chinnaswamy Stadium will miss cheering for you and I'm going to miss playing alongside you my brother. I love you and I'll always be your number 1 fan," Virat Kohli's Instagram post reads.

The iconic duo of Kohli and AB de Villiers made wonders for the RCB team making it one of the most successful player duo in IPL history. With 10 century partnerships, the duo scored more than 5,000 runs. AB de also holds the record of scoring second highest runs in the tournament for an overseas player.