All About AB De Villiers and His Cricket Career

Abraham Benjamin de Villiers is a former South African international cricketer born on February 17, 1984. During his 15-year international career, De Villiers was named the ICC One-Day International Player of the Year three times and was selected one of the five Wisden cricketers of the decade at the end of 2019.

AB De Villiers started his international career as a wicket-keeper-batsman, but he has mostly played as a batsman. AB De Villiers batted at various spots in the batting order, but mostly in the middle. De Villiers is recognized for a variety of unconventional strokes, notably behind the wicket-keeper, and is regarded as one of the most imaginative and destructive batters of the current era and one of the best of all time.

Personal Information About AB De Villiers

Full NameAbraham Benjamin de Villiers
NicknameMr. 360, ABD, Alien, Superman
Date of BirthFebruary 17 1984
SpouseDanielle de Villiers
RoleWK-batsman
ReligionChristianity
Height5’ 10’’
Marital statusMarried
NationalitySouth African
HobbiesSinging, Swimming, Travelling, Golfing
Weight75 Kg
Place of BirthPretoria, South Africa
ParentsAbraham B de Villiers, Millie De Villiers
ChildrenJohn Richard de Villiers, Yente de Villiers, Abraham de Villiers
Bowling styleRight-arm Batsman
Batting styleRight-handed
Zodiac SignAquarius
Eye ColourBlue
Hair ColourGolden Brown

Family Background Of AB De Villiers

Abraham Benjamin de Villiers was born on February 17, 1984, in Warmbad, South Africa, to Abraham B de Villiers and Millie de Villiers. Jan de Villiers and Wessels de Villiers are his two older brothers. Throughout his upbringing, he recalled a “very calm lifestyle up there, where everyone knows everyone” throughout his upbringing. He attended Afrikaanse Hor Seunskool in Pretoria with colleague Faf du Plessis, who was and still is a close buddy. AB De Villiers has completed high school. His father, a doctor who had played rugby union in his youth, urged his son to participate in sports as a child.

After five years of dating, De Villiers proposed to Danielle Swart at the Taj Mahal in 2012. On March 30, 2013, the pair married in Bela-Bela, South Africa. They are the parents of two sons and one girl.

He is a devoted Christian who has declared that his faith is fundamental to his way of life. He’s also an exceptional guitarist and singer. In 2010, he collaborated with South African artist Ampie du Preez to make a multilingual pop album named Maak Jou Drome Waar. His autobiography was published in September of 2016.

Achievements Of AB De Villiers

  • In the second Test against Australia, he got his 22nd Test century with a first-innings total of 126 not out off 146 balls. AB De Villiers contribution aided the team’s victory by six wickets.
  • De Villiers hit 162 runs off 66 balls in a Pool B match against the West Indies on February 27, 2015, guiding South Africa to their second-highest total in World Cup history (408) at Sydney Cricket Ground. He set the record for the fastest 50, 100, and 150 meters in One-Day International history with this accomplishment.
  • South Africa qualified for the World Cup semi-finals under De Villiers’ captaincy but was defeated by New Zealand.
  • De Villiers has 22 Test and 25 ODI centuries to his name. In 2005, he achieved his maiden Test century against England, and in 2007, he recorded his first ODI century against the West Indies. In addition, he owns the world record for the quickest 100 and 150 meters in a One-Day International.
  • AB De Villiers was said to be in discussions to return to the South African T20I team for the 2020 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in January 2020. These rumours were verified by De Villiers and South African director of cricket, Graeme Smith, and head coach Mark Boucher.
  • De Villiers was nominated for the Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade and the ODI Cricketer in November 2020.
  • De Villiers ended the competition as the tournament’s third-highest run-scorer, after only Martin Guptill and Kumar Sangakkara.
  • He finished the tournament ranked first in the ICC batsmen rating for One Day International cricket and third in the ICC batters rating for Test cricket. The CC named him the ‘Team of the Tournament’ for the 2015 World Cup.

Career Summary In All Format Of AB De Villiers

IPL Career Of AB De Villiers

Since joining the league in its debut season, De Villiers has been one of the most successful batters in the Indian Premier League (IPL). After beginning his career with the Delhi Daredevils, he was traded to the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the fourth season for US$1.5 million. Three of his four Twenty20 hundred have come in the IPL, where he has appeared in over 150 matches. AbdeVilliers confirmed his departure from the Indian Premier League following the 14th edition on November 19, 2021.

ODI Career Of AB De Villiers

He made his international appearance versus England in a Test game in 2004 and his first One Day International (ODI) in early 2005. In 2006, he made his Twenty20 International appearance. AbdeVilliers scored over 8,000 runs in both Test and ODI cricket and is only a few batters with a batting aggregate of over fifty in both formats. He is an offensive player in restricted overs cricket. He retains the quickest ODI century record, which he achieved in just 31 balls.

He subsequently led South Africa in his maiden series as captain of the One Day International squad. With a 258-run triumph at Paarl on January 11 2012, South Africa inflicted the biggest defeat in Sri Lanka’s history in his debut match as captain. It was also the highest margin of victory (in terms of runs) in an ODI between two Test sides.

T20 Career Of AB De Villiers

De Villiers captained South Africa in all three formats, albeit he stood down as Test captain due to a series of ailments. In 2017, he declared his retirement from all forms of international cricket, and in May 2018, AbdeVilliers stood down as captain of the national limited-overs games. Nonetheless, in January 2020, de Villiers showed a desire in completing a national return and compete in the 2020 T20 World Cup; nonetheless, it was ultimately revealed that he would not do so. De Villiers declared his resignation from all forms of cricket on November 19, 2021.

Aside from the IPL, de Villiers has also played franchise T20 cricket for the Barbados Tridents, Tshwane Spartans, Rangpur Riders, Middlesex, Brisbane Heat, and Lahore Qalandars in leagues throughout the world. His future in T20 franchise competitions was questionable following his retirement from international cricket until he said in July 2018 that he hoped to play in the IPL for “a few years.” He has been chastised for playing in franchise leagues rather than for his nation.

Batting Career Summary Of AB De Villiers

MatchMInnNORunsHSAvgBFSR100200504s6s
Test11419118876527850.661607654.5222246102464
ODI22821839957717653.59473101.125053840204
T20I78751116727926.121237135.17001014060
IPL18417040516213339.713403151.693040413251

Bowling Career Summary Of AB De Villiers

MatchMInnBRunsWktsBBIBBMEconAvgSR5W10W
Test114520410422/492/493.0652.0102.000
ODI228919220272/152/156.3128.8627.4300
T20I78
IPL184

Net Worth Of AB De Villiers

The net worth of AB Devilliers is $21 million. The name says it all; none other than AB de Villiers is the most recognized athlete in the game of cricket to have reached such a pinnacle in his career. AbdeVilliers has often demonstrated that nothing can stop you from becoming a global player if you have a dream and the drive to pursue it.

Social Media Accounts Of AB De Villiers

Twitter – 8.4M Followers

Instagram – 17.1M Followers

Facebook – 13M Followers

FAQ

1. Is AB de Villiers playing IPL 2022?

Former South African captain and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) wicket-keeper AB de Villiers confirmed his withdrawal from all forms of cricket after the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2021. On the other hand, De Villiers is slated to return to the T20 competition in a new position in the IPL 2022.

2. Is AB de Villiers the greatest batsman ever?

On the 13th anniversary of the IPL, South Africa’s AB de Villiers was named the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) among batters in the championship’s record by the jury of Star Sports’ flagship show Cricket Connected.

3. Who scored the fastest 150 in T20?

AB de Villiers breaks record for fastest ever 150 v West Indies

4. Who is better, AB de Villiers or Virat?

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers both are great batsmen of their Country.