Popularly hailed as Mr 360-degree, South Africa’s wicket-keeper batsman AB de Villiers has risen through the ranks to become one of the world’s finest batsmen, most versatile batsmen, across all formats.
Noted as one of the most innovative and destructive batsmen in the modern era, de Villiers is known for a range of unorthodox shots.
ABD made his international debut in a Test match against England in 2004. He has played first One Day International (ODI) in early 2005.
His debut in Twenty20 International cricket came in 2006. He has captained South Africa in all three formats.
The versatile cricketer has played 114 Test matches and garnered 8765 runs averaging 50.56. In 228 ODIs, he has amassed 9577 runs at an average of 53.50.
He has 22 Test hundreds and 25 ODI tons. He has played 78 T20Is where he has 1672 runs and 10 fifties under his belt.
On May 23, 2018, AB de Villiers announced a shock retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.
“After 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired,” he explained.
Meanwhile in IPL, he has played 154 matches scoring 5056 runs. He has the highest score of 133* at a strike rate of 152.38 in IPL for RCB.
De Villiers has had a number of memorable innings for RCB, including an award for the most powerful knock in the 2012 IPL for his assault on Dale Steyn.
With Virat Kohli, AB has posted five 100+ partnerships for RCB and two 200+ partnerships.
He has a record of hitting 40 half centuries and 3 centuries for RCB.
Some lesser-known facts about AB de Villiers:
Born to a sport loving family, Abraham Benjamin de Villiers was shortlisted for Junior National Hockey squad. And also for Junior National Football squad.
AB de Villiers captained the South Africa Junior Rugby side.
ABD was a member of South Africa Junior Davis Cup Tennis Team. He was a National Badminton U-19 Champion.
De Villiers has a Golf handicap of scratch.
He has collaborated with South African Ampie Du Preez for his their debut music album named “Maak Jou Drome Waar” (Make Your Dreams Come True) in 2010.
De Villers is a recipient of the prestigious national medal from the former South African president Nelson Mandela for a science project.
He currently holds records for the fastest 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls) in One Day Internationals by any batsmen in history, as well as the fastest century by a South African in Tests and the fastest 50 by a South African in T20s.
The 31-year-old South African played a world record 78 innings in test cricket before making his first duck, against Bangladesh in Centurion in 2008.