Arnav Chopra ∙ Feb 16 2023, 2:10 PM

Proteas star Theunis de Bruyn shocks the world with sudden international retirement

image-le76qruwTheunis de Bruyn (Source: Twitter)

Middle-order Proteas batter Theunis de Bruyn has decided to retire from international cricket after playing his last series against Australia. 

The 30-year-old who has managed to play 13 Test matches has accounted for 468 runs and is averaging 19.5 in the format with one century to his name.

Apart from the longer format, he has featured in two T20I games for the African nation after making his national debut in the year 2017.

The right-hander who represents Titans in domestic cricket also plied his trade for the Pretoria Capitals in the SA20 League where his side finished as runners-up recently.

What de Bruyn said in his statement

"I've been fortunate to represent my country at the highest level of cricket and that's been the proudest moment of my career. I've lived a childhood dream, shared dressing rooms with my heroes and played cricket at some of the world's most iconic venues; and I can't say thank you enough for the opportunities I've got through this game.

"Looking back at everything that I've achieved, it is time I say goodbye to international cricket and focus on the next chapter. I'm excited for what the future has to offer and looking forward to chasing more dreams and ambitions in life."

The Boxing day Test at the MCG will remain as his last game where his scores were 12 and 28 in the two respective innings. However, after which he returned home to attend the birth of his child.