AB de Villiers – Age, Achievements, Career, Stats & More

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Abraham Benjamin de Villiers is a phenomenal batsman who has made lots of changes to how the batsmen, fielders and wicket keepers play cricket. His skills are so supreme that he is referred to as a superhuman. His talent has made numerous changes and adjustments in the sport of cricket. The story about Benjamin’s career cannot be narrated in one page as his abilities have traversed over the years in cricket history. 

AB de Villiers is a man of the people, and he is loved by many fellow players and fans alike. AB is the backbone of Royal Challengers Bangalore team in IPL

Basic Information About AB De Villiers

Full Name Abraham Benjamin de Villiers
Age 37 years
Born In Bela-Bela, South Africa
Bat Style Right-hand bat
Bowl Style Right-arm medium
Nationality Indian
Birth Date 17th February 1984
Height 1.78 m
Spouse Daniella de Villiers
Net Worth 1.78 m
Teams Brisbane Heat, Middlesex, Lahore Qalandars, Rangpur Riders, Tshwane Spartans, Barbados Tridents, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils, Titans, Northern, Pretoria University, South Africa A, Rest of South Africa, Africa XI, Botha XI, South Africa Under-19.

 

AB de Villiers Family

AB de Villiers is currently married to Daniella De Villiers, and together they have two adorable boys, Abraham de Villiers and Jogh Richard de Villiers. He married his sweetheart in 2012 after five years of dating. Ab de Villiers enjoys playing the guitar and singing. Around 2010, he released a bilingual pop album called Maak Jou Drome Waar with his friends and the renowned South African singer Ampie du Preez.

AB de Villiers Cricket Batting Stats

AB de Villiers has an excellent record for his batting style;

  • In the ODIs, AB de Villiers has a record of 228 played matches. He batted 218 innings and has a number of 39 Not Outs. He also has a record score of 9577 runs, a strike rate of 101. 09, BF of 9473 and an average of 53. 50. He has 25 hundred sixes and 53 fifties.
  • In the TEST series, AB de Villiers played 114 matches and batted 191 innings. He managed to record a score of 8765 runs, 16077 BF, and 18 Not Outs. His strike rate is at 54. 51, and he has an average of 50. 66.
  • For the T20I series, de Villiers recorded `1672 runs in 78 matches and batted 75 innings. His strike rate is at 135.16, 1672 BF and an average of 26. 12.

AB de Villiers Cricket Bowling Stats

  • In the T20I series, AB de Villiers played 78 matches, there were zero innings, no overs, zero runs, and zero wickets, and there was no average.
  • For the ODI series, de Villiers made 202 runs, batted 9 innings and scored 7 wickets in 228 matches. He also made 32 overs and had an average of 28. 85.
  • AB de Villiers played 114 matches in the TEST series, where he batted 5 innings and scored 34 overs. He also recorded 104 runs, 2 wickets, and his average is 52. 00.

Career Information

AB de Villiers has made his debut in Domestic, IPL, Test, ODI and T20Is over the years as follows;

Domestic Debut:

Since 2003, AB de Villiers has been with the Northerns in South Africa. He also played for the Titans in the Sunfoil Series, the Momentum One Day Cup and Ram Slam 2004 T20. Before the selectors selected him, AB de Villiers played 16 first-class matches, and then he joined the International test series.

IPL Debut:

AB de Villiers’ first IPL match was when he was with the Delhi Daredevils. After that, he moved to Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011. He will still be playing for the RCB in the coming 13th edition of IPL that will take place in Dubai due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He has played 154 IPL matches, and he has recorded a score of 4395 runs with an average of 39.95. His strike rate is 151.23 with 33 half-centuries. His biggest history was made when he scored 133 runs against Mumbai Indians back in 2005.

Test Debut:

After his awe-inspiring performance in the first-class arena, AB de Villiers was selected to join a major league where he played test cricket. He made his first test debut with Dale Steyn in a match against England back in December 2004. He was only 20 years old back then. He is famously known for his defensive approach when situations become challenging during the game.

ODI Debut:

ABD made his first ODI debut in February 2005 in a match against England at Bloemfontein. AB managed to score 20 from 56 balls in that match. Later on, he made his maiden ODI hundred. He scored 146 from 130 balls, which included 5 sixes and at least 12 fours. The game was played on 10th April 2007 against West Indies. His performance in the 2015 world cup made South Africa go to the finals in the quadrennial tournament.

T20I Debut:

He got his T20I debut in a match against Australia in February 2006. In February 2016, he scored the fastest T20I fifty in a game against England. He finally finished the innings with 79 runs in 29 balls leading South Africa to victory in the T20I series.

Achievements

ABD has managed to win numerous trophies throughout his journey to build a name for himself, including ‘Man of the match’ and ‘Player of the series.’ He also has records of the fastest half-century and century in the ODI series. Additionally, he has reached a record for the fastest player by recording 9000 runs in the ODI. He is also the first South African to make a score of two centuries in just a single world cup tournament. 

On the other hand, he is also the first South African to score a double century in a match against India. ABD was named the captain of the South African ODI and T20I team in June 2011. He has captained 18 games, where he has managed to win eight out of all of them.

Reference Resource: 

  1. https://www.sportskeeda.com/player/ab-de-villiers#ab-de-villiers-1
  2. https://www.espncricinfo.com/player/ab-de-villiers-44936
  3. https://starsunfolded.com/ab-de-villiers/ 
  4. https://www.timesofsports.com/biography/ab-de-villiers/
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