Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

- AB de Villiers retired late in May this year and his fans were deeply upset by the news

- With the help of radiostation Jacaranda FM, one of the cricket player's biggest fans got to meet him

- AB explained to his young fan why he retired from international cricket before playing a friendly game with him

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When Protea cricket player AB de Villiers announced on the 23rd of May that he was retiring from cricket, it shook the cricket world.

Briefly.co.za on the announcement when de Villiers made the unexpected announcement that he would retire from international cricket with immediate effect.

"I’ve made a big decision today", he captioned a video of one minute and 35 seconds. In the video, de Villiers, who was the highest paid South African cricketer in the 2018 IPL, said it was time to make way for a new generation of athletes.

"After a 114 test matches, 228 One Day Internationals and 78 T20 internationals, it is time for others to take over.", he said.

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Briefly.co.zagathered he filmed the video at the Tuks Cricket Centre in Pretoria, where he played his first game 14 seasons ago.

AB de Villiers fans were left with aching hearts after the announcement.

A young cricket lover's mom wrote to local radio station Jacaranda FM to tell them how affected her son was about this news.

The radio station responded by arranging for the boy, 14-year old Leo Sadler, to meet his hero - a small gesture to make up for the sadness felt by his retirement.

But Leo didn't know that he was about to meet his hero. He thought he was simply being interviewed by Martin Bester from Jacaranda FM.

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  • Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan

    Cricket icon AB de Villiers surprises an emotional young fan