Abraham Benjamin De Villiers began his international career as a wicket-keeper batsman, but he has played most often solely as a batsman.
AB de Villiers or popularly called ABD, Superman, Mr.360 unorthodox batsman by the fans is a South African batsman famous for his 360-degree style of play. Since his debut in 2004, the Pretorian has risen to great heights with his sheer raw talent and an incredible array of shots that has befuddled the fans over the years.
AB de Villiers has been a phenomenon that has completely changed the way cricketers went about their jobs as a batsman, wicketkeeper, or a fielder with superman skills, he has revolutionized the cricketing field.
From the iconic paddle sweeps to an incoming 150 clicks delivery to jumping on the fence to grab one-hand stunners, ABD’s career cannot be summed up in a Paragraph atleast, He is one of the few Batsman in cricket’s history whose aura traversed boundaries and was loved equally by all.
AB de Villiers is the only player who has retired with an average of more than 50 in every format. AB de Villiers is that player you create in a computer game, who has both the attributes set to maximum, and then some.
AB de Villiers took 11 Catches against Pakistan in Johannesberg in the 2012-13 season, equalling the record for most number of catches by a wicket-keeper in a Test matches. He shares a record with former England player Jack Russell.
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He also scored an unbeaten 103 in second innings and became a first wicket-keeper batsman to score century and claim 10 dismissals. He also hits 30 runs in T20 world cup in single over against Rashid Khan who is ranked 1 leg spinner in now-a-days.
AB de Villiers Early Life
Abraham Benjamin de Villiers is a South African cricketer born on February 17, 1984 is a Right-handed Batsman of 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) in height. His relation is with Daniella de Villiers (spouse), Abraham de Villiers (son) and John Richard de Villiers (son).
AB de Villiers: Along the years
|2004||20||Debut in Test Matches against England|
|2004||20||Maiden Test century vs England|
|2007||22||Maiden ODI hundred|
|2010||25||ICC ODI player of the year|
|2012||27||Announced Test captain|
|2013||28||Top of the ICC Test and ODI ranking|
|2014||29||ICC player of the year|
|2015||30||Fastest ODI century|
|2015||30||ICC ODI player of the year|
|2016||31||Gave up Test captaincy due to elbow injury|
ABD Top 4 Records:
- Fastest ODI century-31 balls vs WI
- Fastest 150 in ODI-64 balls vs WI
- Fastest fifty in ODI-16 balls vs WI
- Highest T20 partnership with Virat Kohli-229 runs
- 2010 ICC ODI Player of the Year award
- 2014 ICC ODI Player of the Year award
- 2015 ICC ODI Player of the Year award
AB de Villiers Career:
Below are the career of ABD.
AB de Domestic career
AB de Villiers has been a part of the Northern in the South African first-class arena since 2003. He plays for the Titans Multiply in the Sunfoil series, Momentum One Day cup, and Ram Slam T20 challenge since 2004.
De Villiers only played 16 first-class matches before the selectors picked him for the preparation of international Test matches.
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AB de Villiers IPL Career
He played the first three seasons for the Delhi Daredevils. He then shifted base to the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2011. ABD will be again wearing the RCB jersey in the 13th years of IPL, being organized in Dubai this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic as we all know about this.
In 154 matches, he has scored 4395 runs at an excellent average of 39.95 and a strike rate of 151.23. It includes 33 half-centuries and three centuries. His highest score of 133 runs came against Mumbai Indians in 2015.
AB de Villiers International Career
ABD Test Career
De Villiers made his test debut along with Dale Steyn against England on 17 December 2004 at the age of 20. He stroked a well crafted 52-runs innings in his fourth inning of test career and saved South Africa from an imminent defeat. He also registered his first Test century of 109 runs in this series at Centurion. This was the South Africa first Test victory in Australia in 15 years.
Apart from his usual attacking style of cricket, AB de Villiers is also known for his defensive style of cricket when the situation demands.
Having played both has an opener and as a lower-order wicket-keeper/batsman in his first test series.
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ABD ODI Career
AB made his ODI debut against England on 2 February 2005 at Bloemfontein. England batted first and 270/5 in their 50 overs. South Africa too scored 270 for the loss of eight wickets and match was tied. AB scored 20 from 56 balls.
ABD made his maiden ODI hundred, 146 from just 130 balls including 5 sixes and 12 fours against West Indies on 10 April 2007 world cup. ABD had hit fastest ODI 150 against West Indies in 64 deliveries. He made his fastest half century just in 16 balls , century just in 31 balls and scored 149 runs in 44 balls including 16 sixes and seven fours and fastest 150 in ODI format against West Indies in World Cup 2015.
AB de Villiers T20I Career
His T20I debut came against Australia on 24 February 2006 at the Wanderers stadium. He faced only 3 balls for no runs and remained out.
On 21 February 2016, against England, de Villiers scored the fastest T20I fifty by a South African, in just 21 balls. He completed the innings with 79 runs in 29 balls and led South Africa to a clean sweep in the T20I series
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