AB de Villiers says he will only reveal the ‘deeper reason’ behind his retirement when he is 50.
The 35-year-old had an in-depth interview on Indian YouTube channel Breakfast with Champions.
He touched on a number of topics, including how he was the one who persuaded Proteas captain Faf du Plessis to not sign a Kolpak deal.
But he soaked up even more attention with his comments about his retirement, suggesting that there was more to the story than the reasons given in his Twitter video.
‘I was keen to play in the World Cup, but I left, I retired. There’s a lot of reasons I had to move on. Family’s definitely a big part of it. And the longevity of my career, I played for 15 years and I was just tired of the whole international scene,’ said De Villiers.
‘It’s quite busy. Very stressful. And the mental game, the doubts you have as a person and as a player, it wears you down. And being captain of the Proteas for a long time also took its toll. And then there are a few deeper issues that might have to be discussed when I’m 50, one day.’
De Villiers retired from international cricket in May year, but continues to play in domestic T20 competitions like the Bangladesh Premier League, Pakistan Super League and Indian Premier League.
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