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The cricket world was getting used to not seeing AB de Villiers each time South Africa stepped out to play. But that changed late last year when he started playing Test cricket regularly again.

All was well, till the shock announcement on Wednesday 23 May, when Cricket South Africa released a statement saying the champion batsman had called time on his 14-year international career.

Across on Twitter, the disbelief was all too obvious.


Thoughts immediately went to what would be missed -Β 360Β° batting was, of course, at the top of the list.Β 


A great of the game, no doubt about that ...


... but all of it was laced with a tinge of sadness. Will we ever see someone like him again?


The prevailing feeling, however, was of shock.

But the shock was, for the most part, kept at bay. Instead, there was unbridled gratitude.Β