Who is AB de Villiers?
AB de Villers, also known as Abraham Benjamin de Villiers, is a former cricketer of South Africa. He became the fastest scorer of 50,100 runs and 150 in ODI cricket.
Details About The Abraham Benjamin de Villiers
The pages of the history of cricket have numerous names encrypted in golden letters. Still, a few have their spark that glitters more each time the page is turned. Abraham Benjamin de Villiers is a man of versatility who has numerous medals and accolades under his belt. His career path is an excellent example of sportsmanship and passion.
Many times, AB de Villiers has dazzled the cricket pitch, leaving the grandstands completely shell-shocked. We can reasonably call him Master Of All Formats, who can fit in any role. Superman, Mr Do it All, and Mr 360 are the favourite tags of his fans by which they cheer up for their Super Hero.
Achievements of AB de Villiers
- Reached 1,000 Test runs in just 20 innings in 2005 and is the third fastest South African to reach this benchmark.
- Holds the second-highest individual score as a South African batsman with an unbeatable 278
- Scripted his name in the ODI history by becoming the second-highest ODI scorer for South Africa with 9,427 runs from 213 innings he earned in 223 matches.
- Honoured with the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2010 with his exceptional batting flair,
- AB de Villiers scored two centuries in a single World Cup of 2011, scoring 107* and 134 against the West Indies and Netherland national squads, respectively.
- Entitled as the ICC ODI Player of the Year and South African Cricketer of the Year in 2014.
- Honoured as the ICC ODI Player of the Year, South African Cricketer of the Year, Cricketers’ Cricketer of the Year, SA Fan’s Cricketer of the Year in 2015.
- Scored the most number of centuries (4) in less than 60 balls in the history of ODI.
- Scored the fastest ODI century (in just 31 balls) during the match against West Indies in 2015. At the 39th over of the exact match, he recorded the fastest ODI half-century in only 16 balls.
- AB de Villiers also scored the fastest 150 in just 64 ODI deliveries during the World Cup match against West Indies in the same year.
- Honoured as the Man of the Match in 5 Tests, 27 ODIs, and 7 T20s.
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Born in the Transvaal province of South Africa, AB de Villiers enjoyed his early childhood there with his family. Abraham Benjamin de Villiers’ father was a doctor who also had a brilliant rugby record. The family has always boosted his morale for sports.
Hence, AB de Villiers never stepped back from any curricular activity during his school days. He participated in various sports events, predominantly in hockey, swimming, rugby, badminton, athletics, golf, and cricket, with which he decided to stick further.
AB de Villiers’ Prolific Cricket Career
Abraham Benjamin de Villiers started showing a keen interest in cricket when he was in school and got selected in the U-19 national cricket squad in 2002. He made a prolific debut in the following year by playing exceptionally well against the Western Province.
Test Cricket Debut of AB de Villiers
With an okay experience of a first-class game, AB de Villiers made his Test career debut in 2004 as an opening partner of Graeme Smith against England. They scored a sublime 52 in his fourth batting inning. AB de Villiers registered his first century in the same series and proved his knack for batting and wicket-keeping.
During his first away tour to the Caribbean Islands in 2005, Abraham Benjamin de Villiers scored amassing 460 runs. Over time, he became one of the most versatile batsmen of Proteas, without whom teams considered the victories as knotting the hill.
ODI Career of Abraham Benjamin de Villiers
AB de Villiers, with his consistent ODI performances raised as one of the most prominent batsmen of the South African ODI squad, although the lead was tardy. But, what is quite appreciable is that AB de Villiers openly adapted almost all types of batting attributes without any qualm.
Talking about his wicket-keeping, the world of cricket has regarded him as the successor of Mark Boucher. AB de Villiers significant efforts in the national squad made it possible to earn the semi-final berth at the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
The more he sharpened his skills in ODI matches, the more he was looked like a capable captain. With his acute ability to classical drives, pulls and flicks, he turned himself into the transformer who can switch to any role required in the team to beat the opponent off the pitch.
In October 2008, ABD owned another record on his name by becoming the first South African cricketer to score a double century against India with 217 runs. Following two years, he scored an unbeaten 278 runs against the team of Pakistan in November, which got registered as the second–highest individual score by a South African batsman. After South Africa’s exit from the World Cup 2011, ABD took over the captaincy of the national ODI and T20I squads.
With his exceptional batting strokes, South Africa won the Test series against Australia in WACA. In 2015, he re-wrote the history after scoring 162 runs in just 66 balls against West Indies at Sydney Cricket Ground. He owned the record for the fastest 50, 100 and 150 in the ODI history.
AB de Villiers also holds the record for scoring the fastest century in Test cricket and the fastest 50 in the history of T20I. AB de Villiers is regarded as the face of innovation in modern-day cricket. His excellent judgment for variable balls has often made him the most flexible player of Proteas.
In 2016, Abraham Benjamin de Villiers wore the hat of Test captain. Still, they ended the year paying high for the role after getting an elbow injury. After the treatment, he returned to the limited-overs format and resumed his Test game in 2017 in Boxing Day Test and played the spine role for the team during various home series against Australia and India.
Retirement of Abraham Benjamin de Villiers
AB de Villiers’ retirement, announced on 23rd May 2018, was a shock to the entire cricket world when everyone was expecting him to script a new record at the upcoming World Cup.
Life beyond Sports
Apart from his exceptional potential in sports, Villiers is a gifted singer and has his musical band with whom he often performs. He has also released a song, “Show them who you are, ” sung as an anthem at South Africa’s victory celebration in 2009. Not only this, ABD has a fantastic love life.
In 2012, he proposed to his girlfriend Danielle Swart in front of the Taj Mahal, to whom he had been dating for five years, and the following year, they got married. Apart from cricket, ABD is a die-hard follower of Manchester United and has been following it for a long time.