Kohli heaped praise on his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate and congratulated him on his illustrious career.
“Wish you all the best in everything that you do my brother. You’ve changed the way batting was seen in the time you’ve played international cricket. My best wishes to you and your family for this amazing journey ahead @ABdeVilliers17,” Kohli tweeted.
One of contemporary cricket’s greatest batsmen, De Villiers made the announcement to retire from all forms of cricket, claiming to be “out of gas” after 14 years in the top flight earlier this week.
De Villiers ends his career with 8,765 runs in 114 Tests with 22 centuries (average 50.66), 9,577 runs in 228 ODIs with 25 centuries and 1,672 runs in 78 T20Is with 10 half-centuries.