AB de Villiers
De Villiers during a training session with South Africa in 2009
|Full name||Abraham Benjamin de Villiers|
17 February 1984 |
Warmbad, Transvaal Province, South Africa
|Nickname||Mr. 360° , Superman|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium|
|Role||Batsman, Wicket-keeper, South Africa ODI Captain and Test captain|
|Test debut (cap 298)||17 December 2004 v England|
|ODI debut (cap 78)||2 February 2005 v England|
|Last ODI||24 June 2016 v West Indies|
|ODI shirt no.||17|
|T20I debut (cap 20)||24 February 2006 v Australia|
|Last T20I||28 March 2016 v Sri Lanka|
|Domestic team information|
|2004–||Titans (squad no. 17)|
|2011–present||Royal Challengers Bangalore (squad no. 17)|
|Source: ESPNcricinfo, 18 March 2016|
Abraham Benjamin "AB" de Villiers (born 17 February 1984) is a South African cricketer who captains the South African Test and One Day International (ODI) teams, and is regarded as the best batsman in the world at present and one of the best of all time. He holds many batting records, such as the fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODI cricket, the fastest Test century by a South African and the fastest T20I 50 by a South African. He made his international debut in a Test match against England in 2004 and first played a ODI in early 2005. His debut in Twenty20 International cricket came in 2006. As of 2016, he has passed 8,000 runs in both Test and ODI cricket and has a batting average of over fifty in both forms of the game. He began his career as a wicketkeeper-batsman, but later played most often purely as a batsman. He has batted at various positions up and down the order.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 International career
- 4 Domestic career
- 5 Records
- 6 Personal life
- 7 International awards
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
De Villiers was born in Warmbad, and enjoyed what he later described as the "really relaxed lifestyle up there, where everyone knows everyone". He went to high school in Pretoria but returned home for weekends. His father was a doctor who had played rugby union in his youth, and he encouraged his son to play sport; as a child, De Villiers played cricket at his home. He was particularly successful in golf, tennis and rugby union, but settled on a career in cricket by the age of 18.
De Villiers is a right-handed batsman, who has accumulated many runs in Tests including 21 centuries and 36 fifties. He holds the record for most Test innings without registering a duck (78), before being dismissed for nought against Bangladesh in November 2008. He also holds the second-highest individual score by a South African batsman in an innings, with 278*. Until 2012, he was an occasional wicket-keeper for South Africa, although since the retirement of regular Test keeper Mark Boucher and under his own ODI captaincy he has started to regularly keep wicket for the national side in Tests, ODIs and T20Is, but then decided to give up wicketkeeping after the debut of Quinton de Kock, and started becoming a part-time bowler.
He holds the records for the fastest 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls) of all time in One Day Internationals by any batsmen, and also holds the fastest hundred by a South African in Tests and the fastest 50 by South African in T20Is. He is the three time ICC ODI player of the year having won the award in 2010, 2014 & 2015.
De Villiers became the second youngest and second fastest South African to reach 1000 test runs after Graeme Pollock and in his test career so far has batted, bowled and kept wicket as well. Even though he has excelled in other sports, he chose to pursue a career in cricket and, after a spell in the South Africa U19 team, he made his debut for the Titans in 2003/4. He also played for Carrickfergus Cricket Club in Northern Ireland as their overseas player in 2004.
He made his test debut as a 20-year-old on 16 December 2004 against England at Port Elizabeth. He made an impression opening the batting, but was dropped down the order for the second test and also handed the wicket-keeping gloves. In this match, he made a match saving half century from number seven. However, he found himself at the top of the order again for the final test of the series and has played the majority of his tests there.
Despite a good tour of the Caribbean where he scored 178 to help South Africa seal a test series win, his rapid progress was halted on the tour of Australia in 2005. Despite playing Shane Warne well, he struggled and made just 152 runs in 6 innings.
He has been used in a similar fashion to Jonty Rhodes in ODIs, opening the innings, although he currently bats in the middle order. De Villiers gave the selectors a sign by producing his then highest one-day score of 92 not out, which included 12 fours and one six, from 98 balls against India in the 2006 winter series.
De Villiers has a reputation as an outstanding fielder, typified by a diving run-out of Simon Katich of Australia in 2006, when he dived to stop the ball, and while still lying on his stomach facing away from the stumps, he tossed the ball backwards over his shoulder and effected a direct hit. This has also led people to make further comparisons of him to Jonty Rhodes as he was also one of the finest fielders of his generation.
In 2009, he was nominated for ICC Cricketer of the year and ICC Test Player of the year.
On 6 June 2011, then S.A. coach Gary Kirsten announced that AB de Villiers will be South Africa's new limited-overs captain, at a news conference. "I'm very excited but I'm also inexperienced. But I've learnt a lot the last seven years from an unbelievable captain," said De Villiers, who has never captained a team at first-class level. "It's a big responsibility, but there'll be a fresh look in the side, which is good."
2007 Cricket World Cup
Competing in the 2007 Cricket World Cup, AB was in career best form in ODIs having scored four 50s during the South Africa vs India/Pakistan (2007) matches.
In the early stages of the tournament his form was poor with three failures including a duck against the Netherlands in a match where his team broke various records for batting,[clarification needed] although he scored a 92 in the first round against Australia.
He made his maiden ODI hundred, 146 from just 130 balls including 5 sixes and 12 fours, in the Super 8 game against West Indies on 10 April 2007. He had to bat with a runner for the latter stages of his innings and found every shot painful due to a combination of cramps, heat exhaustion and dehydration. His innings consisted of a second wicket partnership of 170 with Jacques Kallis and a third wicket partnership of 70 with Herschelle Gibbs. De Villiers' innings helped set up a total of 356/4 from 50 overs.
On 4 April 2008, he became the first South African to score a double century against India with his top score of 217*.
De Villiers scored an obdurate 174 that helped set up a ten-wicket win for South Africa in the second Test against England at Headingley Carnegie in Leeds in July 2008. This was followed by a 97 at The Oval before he came down the wicket trying to smash Monty Panesar for a boundary and was clean bowled.
Tour of Australia 2008/09
In the first Test in Perth, De Villiers scored a match-winning century to help South Africa chase down the second highest ever fourth innings target of 414 with six wickets in hand. This was South Africa's first Test victory in Australia in 15 years and appeared to go a long way towards tilting world cricket's balance of power after over a decade of Australian dominance. De Villiers also took four diving catches in the course of the match, including one to dismiss Jason Krejza, a stunner at backward point.
De Villiers only scored 11 runs though in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and made another low score in the first innings of the final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In the second innings of that Test though, De Villiers scored a patient half-century as South Africa almost held on for an against-the-odds draw.
During ODI Series, In the 4th ODI in Adelaide, he played as wicketkeeper after Boucher was ruled out. He then scored 82 not out from 85 balls with 6 fours and a six to win the series and was named the man of the match.
Return series, Johannesburg 2009
In the first Test at the Wanderers Stadium, De Villiers provided lone resistance in the first innings against a bowling attack led by pace bowler, Mitchell Johnson, scoring 104* of 185 balls with 9 fours and 1 six, whilst his teammates all fell for under 50. But in the second innings he made only 3 off 7.
In the third test, after centuries from Ashwell Prince and Jacques Kallis, De Villiers became the third centurion of the innings with a score of 163 off 196 balls with 12 fours and 7 sixes. This knock also tied the record for most sixes in an over as De Villiers, off a McDonald over, hit four consecutive sixes.
In the following 5 game ODI series, De Villiers played consistently,although starting badly in the first game, scoring only 2 runs. However, he went on to make 36*, 80, 84, and 38 and was named Player of the Series at the conclusion of game 5.
Series against Zimbabwe October 2010
He was rested for the two-match Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe and because Mark Boucher was injured as well Heino Kuhn donned the keeping gloves. De Villiers returned for the ODI series and also took over the gloves while Mark Boucher was recovering. He did well against Zimbabwe scoring two centuries out of the three ODIs as South Africa comfortably won the three match series 3–0.
Against Pakistan in October 2010
His major challenge came against Pakistan for the two Twenty20 matches, where he kept wicket. In the first match he was out for a second-ball duck off a superb delivery by Shoaib Akhtar. In the second T20I he scored 11 runs. He then participated in the five-match ODI series where South Africa were chasing 203 to win and he scored 51 before he was caught and bowled by Saeed Ajmal. In the second ODI he scored 29 as he was bowled by Shahid Afridi; in the same match a flamboyant Abdul Razzaq played the greatest innings of his life to lift Pakistan to an unbelievable victory. During the third match he scored 19 before he was stumped by Zulqarnain Haider. It turned out to be a mistake by the umpire as he had pressed the wrong button. In the fourth match he missed out on a half-century while on 49 when he gave his wicket to the fielder at point. His good form in the series continued when he scored 61 in the final ODI as South Africa won by 57 runs and the series 3–2.
2011 Cricket World Cup
AB de Villiers scored two successive centuries in the 2011 World Cup. He became the first South African to score two centuries in a single World Cup and the fifth batsman after Mark Waugh, Saeed Anwar, Rahul Dravid and Matthew Hayden to score two consecutive centuries in a single World Cup tournament. He also became the 16th batsman to score two or more centuries in one World Cup tournament. AB de Villiers' strike rate of 136.73 is the highest among South African batsmen who have scored centuries in World Cup matches. With his third player of the match award in World Cups, De Villiers is joint second with Jacques Kallis on the list of South African players with most match awards in World Cups. Lance Klusener heads the list with five awards.
In the 2011–12 South African summer, De Villiers featured in the home series against Australia and against Sri Lanka. In the latter, he scored a century (160 not out) in South Africa's win in the third and deciding Test of the series. He was named the Player of the Series, having scored 353 runs at an average of 117.66. He then led South Africa for his first series since being appointed captain of the One Day International team. In his first match as captain, South Africa inflicted the heaviest defeat in Sri Lanka's history, with a 258-run win in Paarl on 11 January 2012. It was also the largest margin of victory (by runs) in an ODI match between two Test-playing teams. South Africa went on to win the ODI series, and De Villiers was named player of the series, having scored 329 runs at an average of 109.66, including a century (125 not out) in the fifth and final match in Johannesburg. On 10 July, De Villiers was handed full-time wicketkeeping duties after Mark Boucher announced retirement from cricket after suffering eye injuries from a hit from a bail the day before.
On 4 February 2013, De Villiers equalled Jack Russell's record of 11 dismissals in a match. He also scored an unbeaten 103 off 117 balls in South Africa's second innings of the same match. In the process, he became the first wicketkeeper to score a century and claim 10 dismissals in a Test.
On 18 March, during the third ODI match of Pakistan's tour of South Africa at Johannesburg, De Villiers and Hashim Amla shared the record for the highest third wicket partnership in an ODI when they scored 238. De Villiers scored 12 fours and 3 sixes, and a total of 128.
On 18 January 2015, De Villiers scored the fastest century by a batsman in One Day International cricket, off 31 balls and eventually scoring 149 runs off 44 balls in 59 minutes against West Indies.
2015 Cricket World Cup
De Villiers was one of the top performers at the 2015 Cricket World Cup scoring 482 runs at an average of 96.0 and strike rate of 144.0 during the tournament. He also was the highest run scorer for South Africa.
On 27 February 2015, De Villiers scored 162 runs off 66 balls in a match against the West Indies in Pool B of 2015 Cricket World Cup; leading South Africa to their second highest total in world cup history (408) on the Sydney Cricket Ground. With this feat, he became the record holder for the fastest 50, 100, and 150 in One-Day International history.
Under the captaincy of De Villiers, South Africa qualified for the semi-finals of the World Cup but lost to New Zealand in the match. De Villiers finished the tournament as the third highest run-getter with 482 runs behind Martin Guptill and Kumar Sangakkara.
At then end of the tournament, he was ranked number 1 in the ICC batsmen rating in One day International cricket and number 3 in the ICC batsmen rating in Test cricket.
On 6 January 2016, the second test match between England and South Africa ended in a draw. After the end of the match, Hashim Amla resigned from the captaincy and De Villiers was chosen to captain South Africa for the last two matches. As of 2 February 2016, De Villiers is ranked No.7 in Tests and No.1 in ODIs. On 21 February 2016, de Villiers scored the fastest T20 fifty by a South African in just 21 balls.He completed the innings at 79 runs in 29 balls and led South Africa to a clean sweep in T20 series.
In the fourth season of Indian Premier League, he was contracted by Royal Challengers Bangalore for US$1.1 million. He played for the Delhi Daredevils in the previous seasons. deVilliers has been crucial to the successful batting lineup of the RCB.
Season by season at IPL
|Career||115||3108||133*||42.87||165.85||3||19||DD and RCB|
|2016||15||682||129*||56.83||170.07||2||6||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
- Fastest half-century in One day Internationals in 16 balls against West Indies at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on 18 January 2015.
- Fastest century in One day Internationals in 31 balls against West Indies at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on 18 January 2015.
- Fastest hundred and fifty in One day Internationals in 64 balls against West Indies at Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia on 27 February 2015
- Fastest player to reach 8000 runs in One Day Internationals.
- He equaled the record of most sixes (16) in an innings in ODI format along with Rohit Sharma and Chris Gayle against the West Indies at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on 18 January 2015.
- He is the holder of a rather unwanted record for most ducks (4) in a particular ODI series (2007 Cricket World Cup). He shares this record with Greg Chappell and Kyle McCallan (who also achieved this in the 2007 Cricket World Cup).
- He holds the record for the most sixes in Cricket World Cup (37 sixes) along with Chris Gayle.
- He is the leading run scorer for South Africa in Cricket World Cup.
- He scored 34 runs in an over which is the third highest in ODIs.
- He scored the fastest T20I fifty by a South African (21 balls).
- He holds the record of highest T20 partnership with his teammate Virat Kohli in the Indian Premier League.
- AB de Villiers is the 3rd overseas player after Chris Gayle and David Warner to complete 3000 IPL runs.
De Villiers is married to Danielle Swart with whom he had a son, named Abraham after himself in July 2015.
He is a devout Christian and has stated that his faith is crucial to his approach to life. He is also an accomplished guitar player and a singer. In 2010, he released a bilingual pop album entitled 'Maak Jou Drome Waar' with his friend and acclaimed South African singer Ampie du Preez. He is also a self admitted Manchester United fan, having followed the club since Ryan Giggs' debut.
Player of the Series awards
|S No||Series||Season||Series Performance||Result|
|1||Sri Lanka in South Africa Test Series||2011/12||353 runs with 1 century and 2 fifties.
Avg. 117.66 (3 matches)
|South Africa won the series 2–1.|
|2||Pakistan in South Africa Test Series||2012/13||352 runs with 2 centuries and a fifty.
Avg. 88.00 ; WK 17 ct. (3 matches)
|South Africa won the series 3–0.|
|3||South Africa vs Pakistan in UAE Test Series||2013/14||273 runs with a double century.
Avg. 93.66 ; WK 5 ct. 1 st. (2 matches)
|4||India in South Africa Test Series||2013/14||190 runs with a century and a fifty.
Avg. 63.33 ; WK 14 ct. (2 matches)
|South Africa won the series 1–0.|
Man of the Match awards
|S No||Series||Season||Match Performance||Result|
|1||5th Test – England in South Africa Test Series||2004/05||1st Innings: 92 (165 balls, 15x4)
2nd Innings: 109 (169 balls, 11x4, 1x6)
|2||2nd Test – South Africa in India Test Series||2007/08||1st Innings: 217* (333 balls, 17x4, 2x6)
2nd Innings: 2 ct. ; DNB
|South Africa won by an innings and 90 runs.|
|3||1st Test – South Africa in Australia Test Series||2008/09||1st Innings: 2 ct. ; 63 (130 balls, 7x4, 1x6)
2nd Innings: 2 ct. ; 106* (186 balls, 9x4)
|South Africa won by 6 wickets.|
|4||2nd Test – South Africa vs Pakistan in UAE Test Series||2010/11||1st Innings: 278* (418 balls, 23x4, 6x6)
2nd Innings: 25 (29 balls, 1x4)
|5||3rd Test – West Indies in South Africa Test Series||2014/15||1st Innings: WK 1 st. ; 148 (194 balls, 15x4, 1x6)
2nd Innings: WK 2 ct. ; DNB
|South Africa won by 8 wickets.|
One-Day International cricket
Player of the Series awards
|1||South Africa in Zimbabwe||2007/08||170 Runs (3 Matches, 1×100, 1×50) with avg. 86.00; WK 6 ct.||South Africa Won the series 3–0.|
|2||Australia in South Africa||2008/09||240 Runs (5 Matches, 2×50) with avg. 60.00 ; 3 ct.||South Africa Won the series 3–2.|
|3||Zimbabwe in South Africa||2010/11||231 Runs (3 Matches, 2×100) with avg. 115.50 ; WK 6 ct.||South Africa Won the series 3–0.|
|4||Sri Lanka in South Africa||2011/12||329 Runs (5 Matches, 1×100, 2×50) with avg. 109.66 ; WK 7 ct.||South Africa Won the series 3–2.|
|5||Pakistan in South Africa||2012/13||367 Runs (5 Matches, 1×100, 3×50) with avg. 91.75 ; WK 7 ct.||South Africa Won the series 3–2.|
|6||South Africa in India||2015/16||358 Runs (5 Matches, 3×100) with avg. 89.50 ; 3 ct. WK 1 ct.||South Africa Won the series 3–2.|
Man of the Match awards
|S No||Opponent||Venue||Date||Match Performance||Result|
|1||Bangladesh||National Stadium, St. George's||10 April 2007||146 (130 balls, 12x4, 5x6) ; 1 ct.||South Africa won by 67 runs.|
|2||Zimbabawe||Harare Sports Club, Harare||26 August 2007||107 (89 balls, 8x4, 6x6) ; WK 1 ct.||South Africa won by 28 runs.|
|3||Pakistan||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore||18 October 2007||103* (95 balls, 9x4, 3x6) ; 1 ct.||South Africa won by 45 runs.|
|4||New Zealand||Kingsmead, Durban||25 November 2007||87 (103 balls, 9x4)||South Africa won by 2 wickets.|
|5||West Indies||Kingsmead, Durban||1 February 2008||77 (86 balls, 7x4)||South Africa won by 5 wickets.|
|6||Australia||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||26 January 2009||WK 2 ct. ; 82* (85 balls, 6x4, 1x6)||South Africa won by 8 wickets.|
|7||England||Newlands Stadium, Cape Town||27 November 2009||121 (85 balls, 14x4)||South Africa won by 112 runs.|
|8||India||Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad||27 February 2010||102* (59 balls, 11x4, 3x6)||South Africa won by 90 runs.|
|9||West Indies||Windsor Park, Roseau||28 May 2010||70 (80 balls, 2x4, 1x6) ; WK 3 ct.||South Africa won by 67 runs.|
|10||West Indies||Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi||24 February 2011||107* (105 balls, 8x4, 2x6)||South Africa won by 7 wickets.|
|11||Netherlands||PCA Stadium, Mohali||3 March 2011||134 (98 balls, 13x4, 4x6)||South Africa won by 231 runs.|
|12||New Zealand||Westpac Stadium, Wellington||25 February 2012||WK 2 ct, 1 st ; 106* (106 runs, 3x4, 4x6)||South Africa won by 6 wickets.|
|13||Pakistan||Wanderers, Johannesburg||17 March 2013||128 (108 balls, 12x4, 3x6) ; WK 2 ct.||South Africa won by 34 runs.|
|14||Pakistan||Willowmoore Park, Benoni||24 March 2013||WK 2 ct. ; 95* (111 balls, 9x4, 1x6)||South Africa won by 6 wickets.|
|15||Pakistan||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah||11 November 2013||115* (102 balls, 10x4, 3x6)||South Africa won by 117 runs.|
|16||Sri Lanka||MRIC Stadium, Hambantota||12 July 2014||108 (71 balls, 11x4, 4x6) ; 1 ct.||South Africa won by 82 runs.|
|17||Australia||Harare Sports Club, Harare||27 August 2014||2 ct. ; 136* (106 balls, 11x4, 2x6)||South Africa won by 7 wickets.|
|18||New Zealand||Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui||21 October 2014||89 (85 balls, 9x4)||South Africa won by 6 wickets.|
|19||West Indies||Kingsmead, Durban||16 January 2015||81 (94 balls, 6x4) ; WK 4 ct, 1 st.||South Africa won by 61 runs (D/L).|
|20||West Indies||Wanderers, Johannesburg||18 January 2015||149 (44 balls, 9x4, 16x6)||South Africa won by 148 runs.|
|21||West Indies||SCG, Sydney||27 February 2015||162* (66 balls, 17x4, 8x6) ; 1 ct.||South Africa won by 257 runs.|
|22||UAE||Westpac Stadium, Wellington||11 March 2015||99 (82 balls, 6x4, 4x6) ; 3–0–15–2 ; 1 ct.||South Africa won by 146 runs.|
|23||New Zealand||Kingsmead, Durban||26 August 2015||64 (48 balls, 8x4, 1x6)||South Africa won by 62 runs.|
|24||India||Green Park, Kanpur||11 October 2015||104* (73 balls, 5x4, 6x6)||South Africa won by 5 runs.|
|25||England||Newlands, Cape Town||14 February 2016||1 ct. ; 101* (97 balls, 11x4, 1x6)||South Africa won by 5 wickets.|
Twenty20 International cricket
Man of the Match Awards
|1||New Zealand in South Africa||23 November 2007||New Zealand||1 ct. ; 52* (45 balls, 4x4, 1x6)||South Africa won by 3 wickets.|
|2||2009 ICC World Twenty20||7 June 2009||Scotland||79* (34 balls, 5x4, 6x6)||South Africa won by 130 runs.|
|3||2009 ICC World Twenty20||16 June 2009||India||63 (51 balls, 5x4); 3 ct.||South Africa won by 12 runs.|
|4||2012 ICC World Twenty20||22 September 2012||Sri Lanka||30 (13 balls, 1x4, 2x6); WK 1 ct.||South Africa won by 32 runs.|
|5||2014 ICC World Twenty20||29 March 2014||England||69* (28 balls, 9x4, 3x6); 1 ct.||South Africa won by 3 runs.|
|6||England in South Africa||21 February 2016||England||WK ; 71 (29 balls, 6x4, 6x6)||South Africa won by 9 wickets.|
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