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AB de Villiers
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Abraham de Villiers
Personal information
Full name Abraham Benjamin de Villiers
Born (1984-02-17) 17 February 1984 (age 31)
Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa
Nickname AB, Master, Mr. 360, Superman
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Batsman, Wicket-keeper, South Africa ODI Captain and Test captain
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 297) 17 December 2004 v England
Last Test 22 January 2016 v England
ODI debut (cap 78) 2 February 2005 v England
Last ODI 6 February 2016 v England
ODI shirt no. 17
T20I debut (cap 20) 24 February 2006 v Australia
Last T20I 5 October 2015 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
2003–2004 Northerns
2004– Titans (squad no. 17)
2011–present Royal Challengers Bangalore (squad no. 17)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 106 197 131 228
Runs scored 8074 8,484 9,961 9,813
Batting average 50.46 53.92 50.30 53.92
100s/50s 21/39 23/47 24/52 26/56
Top score 278* 162* 278* 162*
Balls bowled 204 180 234 192
Wickets 2 7 2 7
Bowling average 52.00 67.28 69.00 58.85
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/49 2/15 2/49 2/15
Catches/stumpings 196/5 159/5 247/6 185/5
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 6 February 2016

Abraham Benjamin "AB" de Villiers (born 17 February 1984) is a South African cricketer, who captains the South African Test[1] and One Day International (ODI) teams,[2] having succeeded Graeme Smith after the 2011 Cricket World Cup for the ODI captaincy and Hashim Amla after the Second Test of the England in South Africa series for the Test captaincy.

He is widely regarded as the current best batsman in the world and one of the greatest of all time.[3][4][5] As of January 2016, he is ranked first and seventh. in the ICC ODI and Test batting rankings respectively.[6]

The son of Dr. Abraham Benjamin de Villiers, he attended Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Afrikaans High School for Boys, also known as Affies), a public school located in Pretoria. De Villiers is a right-handed batsman, who, in a very short period of time, has accumulated many runs in Tests including 21 centuries and 36 fifties. He still holds the record for most Test innings without registering a duck (78),[7] 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 was one of South Africa's part-time bowlers along with JP Duminy and Farhaan Behardien to fill the quota of the fifth bowler in the 2015 World Cup.

He holds the records for the fastest 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls) in One Day Internationals by any batsmen in ODI history, and also the fastest hundred by a South African in Tests and the fastest 50 by South African in T20s.He is the three time ICC ODI player of the year having won the award in 2010,2014 & 2015.

Education[edit]

AB de Villiers attended Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Afrikaans High School for Boys, also known as Affies), a public school located in Pretoria. He attended alongside Jacques Rudolph, Heino Kuhn and Francois du Plessis, fellow Titans and South African international cricketers.

Other sports[edit]

He is a talented sportsman and has excelled in golf, rugby, badminton, swimming, cricket and tennis. At his school he was part of the school's U-14 cricket team. He played golf at a good level. Rugby was the most followed sport at his school so he took it up too. He once had a flair for hockey and made it to the U-16 side of the school. He was shortlisted for South Africa's junior national hockey team.[8]

He returned to play rugby when he stopped with hockey. He was soon part of the school's rugby team, the 1st XV of the Affies.[9] He performed extraordinarily well and was selected for the Blue Bulls U-18 side, which had some big names that would later represent South African rugby.[10]

Cricket career[edit]

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. The 2005 ODI tour to India represented a 'coming of age' for De Villiers as a cricketer as he scored his second ODI half century on 24 October 2006, batting 5th in a partnership with Mark Boucher, playing against an impressive Sri Lankan side. 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 as 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."

World Cup 2007[edit]

Competing in the 2007 Cricket World Cup he 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. His talent was shown by a 92 in the first round against Australia which was scored in a high-pressure situation. Indeed, it was around the time De Villiers got out (run out from the boundary by Shane Watson) when South Africa lost their rhythm and went on to lose the game.

His third highest innings to date in ODIs came in the Super 8 game against West Indies on 10 April 2007. He made his maiden ODI hundred, 146 from just 130 balls including 5 sixes and 12 fours. This was despite batting with a runner for the latter stages of his innings and seemingly finding 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 the latter of which was dominated by De Villiers batting on one leg. De Villiers' innings helped set up a total of 356/4 from 50 overs.

His batting during the world cup was thus at the peaks of both sides since he had also failed to score on 4 occasions, a record in and of itself[11]

2008[edit]

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[edit]

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.[12]

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.[13]

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 man of the match.

Return series, Johannesburg 2009[edit]

AB de Villiers training with South Africa in 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 of 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 of 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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Indian Premier League[edit]

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. AB de Villiers playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore hit 133 runs off just 59 balls (19 fours and four sixes) against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai for an IPL 2015 match. AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli, of RCB completed partnership of 215 in 102 balls, which bettered the previous all-time best of 206 between Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh for Kings XI Punjab against RCB in 2011 at Dharamsala.Even though the match was held at the Crowd went on their feet and chanted "AB,AB,AB ".He finished the tournament as the 4th Highest rungetter with 513 runs.

ICC World Cup 2011[edit]

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.

2011–12[edit]

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.[14] 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.[15] It was also the largest margin of victory (by runs) in an ODI match between two Test-playing teams.[16] 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,[17] including a century (125 not out) in the fifth and final match in Johannesburg.[18] 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.

2013[edit]

On 4 February 2013, de Villiers equalled Jack Russell's record of 11 dismissals in a match.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21]

2015[edit]

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.[22] He made this record against West Indies.[23]

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 rungetter with 482 runs behind Martin Guptill and Kumar Sangakkara.

He is ranked number 1 in the ICC batsmen rating in One day International cricket. Also he is ranked number 3 in the ICC batsmen rating in Test cricket. [24]

2016[edit]

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 batsman in tests and no.1 in ODI.

International Centuries[edit]

De Villiers has scored 21 Test,23 ODI and 2 IPL centuries. He is the highest century maker for South Africa in ODIs, and sixth highest of all time.

International half centuries (50s)[edit]

He has scored 38 test,47 ODI,6 T20I and 15 IPL half centuries.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct as of 4 February 2013

Career best performances[edit]

  Batting Wicketkeeping
Score Fixture Venue Season Dismissals Fixture Venue Season
Tests 278*  South Africa v  Pakistan Abu Dhabi 2010–11 11  South Africa v  Pakistan New Wanderers Stadium 2013
ODI 166*  South Africa v  West Indies SCG, Sydney 2015 n/a
T20I 79*  South Africa v  Scotland The Oval 2009 n/a
LA 162*  South Africa v  West Indies SCG, Sydney 2015 n/a
T20 133* Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 2015 n/a

Test analysis[edit]

Records against opponents[edit]

Opponent[25] Matches Innings Not out Runs High Score 100 50 Average Catches/Stumpings
 Australia 20 37 3 1,641 169 5 9 48.26 31/1
 Bangladesh 4 5 1 69 46 0 0 17.25 5/–
 England 20 34 1 1,393 174 2 7 42.21 32/1
 India 17 29 1 1,123 217* 3 2 40.10 30/–
 New Zealand 10 14 0 546 127 0 5 39.00 22/–
 Pakistan 12 21 4 1,112 278* 4 3 65.41 31/1
 Sri Lanka 7 12 1 691 160* 1 5 81.42 2/–
 Zimbabwe 3 3 0 152 98 0 1 50.66 2/–

Records by year[edit]

Year[25] Matches Innings Not out Runs High Score 100 50 Average Catches/Stumpings
2004 2 4 1 108 52* 0 1 36.00
2005 11 19 0 1008 178 3 5 53.05 10/1
2006 11 21 0 570 97 0 4 27.14 17/–
2007 9 16 2 387 77 0 3 27.64 14/–
2008 15 22 4 1061 217* 4 2 58.94 20/–
2009 6 11 1 572 163 2 4 57.20 9/–
2010 11 18 5 1006 278* 3 4 76.61 17/–
2011 5 8 0 377 99 0 4 47.12 4/–
2012 10 16 2 815 160* 2 2 75.60 2/–
2013 7 10 1 743 164 3 4 82.55 11/–
TOTAL 83 139 16 6,146 278* 17 32 49.72 110/1

Records by location[edit]

Location[25] Matches Innings Not out Runs High Score 100 50 Average Catches/Stumpings
Home 53 72 6 2828 163 7 17 40.88 80/1
Away 37 64 9 3010 217* 7 14 55.93 28/–
Neutral 2 3 1 308 278* 1 1 102.67 2/–
TOTAL 83 139 16 6,146 278* 15 32 49.72 110/1

High scores[edit]

Score[26] Minutes Balls Position Innings Opposition Location Date
278* 601 418 5 1  Pakistan Abu Dhabi 20 Nov 2010
217* 480 333 6 2  India Ahmedabad 3 April 2008
178 551 352 2 2  West Indies Bridgetown 21 April 2005
174 517 381 6 2  England Leeds 18 July 2008
169 225 184 5 2  Australia Perth 2 Dec 2012

Batting graph[edit]

AB de Villiers Test batting graph.svg
AB de Villiers Test batting graph with 10-innings average.svg
Test batting career of AB de Villiers as of 1 June 2012 with career batting average (left) and 10 innings moving average (right).

ODI analysis[edit]

Records against opponents[edit]

Opponent[27] Matches Innings Not out Runs High Score 100 50 Average Strike rate Catches/Stumpings
Asia XI (for Africa XI) 5 5 0 150 70 0 1 44.52 90.90 5/–
 Australia 45 23 4 1189 136* 1 10 62.57 99.74 11/2
 Bangladesh 6 5 2 213 69* 0 2 71.00 82.55 9/–
 England 21 19 1 520 121 1 0 28.88 80.12 8/–
 India 24 24 3 921 119 5 5 46.05 105.31 10/1
 Ireland 3 3 0 64 40 0 0 21.33 136.17 1/–
 Kenya 2 2 0 39 28 0 0 19.50 100.00 1/–
 Netherlands 3 2 0 134 134 1 0 67.00 134.00
 New Zealand 17 17 7 560 106* 1 2 56.00 89.88 9/1
 Pakistan 31 30 7 1423 128 3 5 61.86 91.39 13/1
 Scotland 1 1 0 62 62 0 1 62.00 137.77 1/–
 Sri Lanka 17 16 2 756 125* 2 3 54.00 103.29 8/–
 United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 99 99 0 1 99.00 120.73 -
 West Indies 21 19 3 1219 162* 5 4 76.18 113.28 10/–
 Zimbabwe 13 13 2 527 109 3 2 47.90 107.03 13/–
TOTAL 209 179 31 7,791 162* 20 45 54.48 99/5

Records by year[edit]

Year[27] Matches Innings Not out Runs High Score 100 50 Average Strike rate Catches/Stumpings
2005 14 14 0 221 99 0 1 15.78 66.76 4/–
2006 12 12 1 466 92* 0 3 42.36 84.88 6/–
2007 33 32 5 1209 146 3 8 44.77 92.29 20/–
2008 17 14 2 434 77 0 3 36.16 78.33 15/–
2009 17 17 3 762 121 1 6 54.42 92.81 12/–
2010 16 16 4 964 114* 5 4 80.33 102.11 22/1
2011 10 10 1 467 134 2 3 51.88 104.94 7/1
2012 13 12 6 645 125* 2 3 107.50 108.58 13/1
2013 27 26 3 1163 128 3 7 50.56 97.07
TOTAL 159 153 25 4,998 146 16 38 49.00 93.19 99/3

Records by location[edit]

Location[27] Matches Innings Not out Runs High Score 100 50 Average Strike rate Catches/Stumpings
Home 74 72 11 3224 149 7 21 52.85 100.46 41/1
Away 63 59 14 2651 146 8 14 58.91 97.07 36/1
Neutral 40 40 1 1565 162* 4 8 43.47 86.03 22/1
TOTAL 177 171 26 7,440 162* 19 43 49.00 93.19 99/3

High scores[edit]

Score[28] Minutes Balls Position Innings Opposition Location Date
162* 102 66 5 1  West Indies Sydney 27 Feb 2015
149 59 44 3 1  West Indies Johannesburg 18 Jan 2015
146 195 130 1 1  West Indies St George's 10 Apr 2007
134 126 98 4 1  Netherlands Mohali 3 Mar 2011
125* 144 98 4 1  Sri Lanka Johannesburg 22 Jan 2012
121 117 85 3 1  England Cape Town 27 Nov 2009
114* 154 101 5 2  India Gwalior 24 Feb 2010

Batting graph[edit]

AB de Villiers ODI batting graph.svg
AB de Villiers ODI batting graph with 10-innings average.svg
ODI batting career of AB de Villiers as of 1 June 2012 with career batting average (left) and 10 innings moving average (right).

Records[edit]

  • Fastest fifty in One day International in 16 balls vs West Indies at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on 18 January 2015.
  • Fastest hundred in One day International in 31 balls vs West Indies at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on 18 January 2015.
  • Fastest hundred and fifty in One day International in 64 balls vs West Indies at Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia on 27 February 2015
  • Record for most consecutive Tests without missing any(98).
  • Fastest player 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).[11][29]
  • He holds the record for the most sixes in Cricket World Cup (37 sixes) along with Chris Gayle.[30]
  • 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.

Personal life[edit]

A Christian, he has stated that his faith is crucial to his approach to life, calling the Bible his favorite book. He has said "Jesus is everything in my life – he's the man", and "My faith means more to me than playing for my country. It comes first.".[31] He famously pointed to the sky after scoring a century against Australia at Perth, leading South Africa to their first Test win Down Under chasing 414, and later revealed that he had read the Bible and prayed and it was God who helped him through the high fever and nausea he was battling to score the biggest century of his life.[32] He also said that he had read Psalm 91 and prayed the night before he stunned England with a magnificent 174 at Headingley in front of a booing crowd, after allegations of cheating were raised against him for claiming a grassed catch.[33]

He is married to Danielle de Villiers (née Swart). They have a son who was born in July, 2015. He tweeted that their son had been named Abraham after himself.[34]

He is a self professed Manchester United fan, and a great admirer of Ryan Giggs and Ole Gunnar Solskjær. His favorite sportsman is Roger Federer and he loves listening to bands like Snow Patrol and Collective Soul. His favorite film is Gladiator (2000 film). He also once mentioned that he'd love to be a doctor, but regretted the chance of not being able to study for medicine.[35]

International Awards[edit]

Test Cricket[edit]

Player of the Series awards[edit]

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.[36]
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.[37]
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)
Series drawn.[38]
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.[39]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

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)
Match drawn.[40]
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.[41]
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.[42]
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)
Match drawn.[43]
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.[44]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Player of the series awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
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.[45]
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.[46]
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.[47]
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.[48]
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.[49]
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.[50]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

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.[51]
2 Zimbabawe Harare Sports Club, Harare 26 August 2007 107 (89 balls, 8x4, 6x6) ; WK 1 ct.  South Africa won by 28 runs.[52]
3 Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 18 October 2007 103* (95 balls, 9x4, 3x6) ; 1 ct.  South Africa won by 45 runs.[53]
4 New Zealand Kingsmead, Durban 25 November 2007 87 (103 balls, 9x4)  South Africa won by 2 wickets.[54]
5 West Indies Kingsmead, Durban 1 February 2008 77 (86 balls, 7x4)  South Africa won by 5 wickets.[55]
6 Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 26 January 2009 WK 2 ct. ; 82* (85 balls, 6x4, 1x6)  South Africa won by 8 wickets.[56]
7 England Newlands Stadium, Cape Town 27 November 2009 121 (85 balls, 14x4)  South Africa won by 112 runs.[57]
8 India Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad 27 February 2010 102* (59 balls, 11x4, 3x6)  South Africa won by 90 runs.[58]
9 West Indies Windsor Park, Roseau 28 May 2010 70 (80 balls, 2x4, 1x6) ; WK 3 ct.  South Africa won by 67 runs.[59]
10 West Indies Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi 24 February 2011 107* (105 balls, 8x4, 2x6)  South Africa won by 7 wickets.[60]
11 Netherlands PCA Stadium, Mohali 3 March 2011 134 (98 balls, 13x4, 4x6)  South Africa won by 231 runs.[61]
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.[62]
13 Pakistan The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 17 March 2013 128 (108 balls, 12x4, 3x6) ; WK 2 ct.  South Africa won by 34 runs.[63]
14 Pakistan Willowmoore Park, Benoni 24 March 2013 WK 2 ct. ; 95* (111 balls, 9x4, 1x6)  South Africa won by 6 wickets.[64]
15 Pakistan Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 11 November 2013 115* (102 balls, 10x4, 3x6)  South Africa won by 117 runs.[65]
16 Sri Lanka MRIC Stadium, Hambantota 12 July 2014 108 (71 balls, 11x4, 4x6) ; 1 ct.  South Africa won by 82 runs.[66]
17 Australia Harare Sports Club, Harare 27 August 2014 2 ct. ; 136* (106 balls, 11x4, 2x6)  South Africa won by 7 wickets.[67]
18 New Zealand Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui 21 October 2014 89 (85 balls, 9x4)  South Africa won by 6 wickets.[68]
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).[69]
20 West Indies The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 18 January 2015 149 (44 balls, 9x4, 16x6)  South Africa won by 148 runs.[70]
21 West Indies Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 27 February 2015 162* (66 balls, 17x4, 8x6) ; 1 ct.  South Africa won by 257 runs.[71]
22 United Arab Emirates Westpac Stadium, Wellington 11 March 2015 99 (82 balls, 6x4, 4x6) ; 3-0-15-2 ; 1 ct.  South Africa won by 146 runs.[72]
23 New Zealand Kingsmead, Durban 26 August 2015 64 (48 balls, 8x4, 1x6)  South Africa won by 62 runs.[73]
24 India Green Park, Kanpur 11 October 2015 104* (73 balls, 5x4, 6x6)  South Africa won by 5 runs.[74]

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