AB de Villiers
|Full name||Abraham Benjamin de Villiers|
17 February 1984 |
Pretoria, Transvaal Province, South Africa
|Nickname||AB, Abbas, Mr. 360, Superman|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium|
|Role||Batsman, Wicket-keeper, All-rounder & South Africa ODI Captain|
|Relations||Wife: Danielle de Villiers (m. 2013)
Son: AB (born 2015)
|Test debut (cap 296)||17 December 2004 v England|
|Last Test||2 January 2015 v West Indies|
|ODI debut (cap 78)||2 February 2005 v England|
|Last ODI||11 October 2015 v India|
|ODI shirt no.||17|
|T20I debut (cap 20)||24 February 2006 v Australia|
|Last T20I||08 October 2015 v India|
|Domestic team information|
|2004–||Titans (squad no. 17)|
|2011–present||Royal Challengers Bangalore (squad no. 17)|
|Source: Cricinfo, 24 March 2015|
Abraham Benjamin "AB" de Villiers (born 17 February 1984) is a South African cricketer, who captains the South African One Day International (ODI) team, having succeeded Graeme Smith after the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
Widely regarded as the current best batsman in the world and one of the greatest of all time, De Villiers dominated the top of the ICC Test batting rankings in 2014, along with Kumar Sangakkara. As of August 2015, he is ranked first & second in the ICC ODI and Test batting rankings, respectively.
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 space 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), 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 5th Bowler in 2015 Cricket World Cup.
He has records of fastest 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls) in One Day Internationals by any batsmen in history, the fastest hundred by a South African in Tests and the fastest 50 by South African in T20s.
- 1 Education
- 2 Other sports
- 3 Cricket career
- 4 Statistics
- 5 Records
- 6 Personal life
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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.
He is a recipient of the prestigious national medal from the Late Nelson Mandela for a science project.
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.
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. 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.
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
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.
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 Panesar for a boundary and was clean bowled.
Tour of Australia 2008/09
In the first Test in Perth, De Villiers scored a matchwinning 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.
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
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
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.
Indian Premier League
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 wankhede,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
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. He made this record against West Indies.
On 27 February 2015, de Villiers scored 162 runs of 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 2 in ICC batsmen rating in Test Cricket
Statistics are correct as of 4 February 2013
Career best performances
|Tests||278*||South Africa v Pakistan||Abu Dhabi||2010–11||11||South Africa v Pakistan||New Wanderers Stadium||2013|
|ODI||162*||South Africa v West Indies||SCG, Sydney||2015||n/a|
|T20I||79*||South Africa v Scotland||The Oval||2009||n/a|
|LA||214||South Africa v West Indies||St. George's||2007||n/a|
|T20||133*||Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai||2015||n/a|
Records against opponents
|Opponent||Matches||Innings||Not out||Runs||High Score||100||50||Average||Catches/Stumpings|
Records by year
|Year||Matches||Innings||Not out||Runs||High Score||100||50||Average||Catches/Stumpings|
Records by location
|Location||Matches||Innings||Not out||Runs||High Score||100||50||Average||Catches/Stumpings|
|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|
|Test batting career of AB de Villiers as of 1 June 2012 with career batting average (left) and 10 innings moving average (right).|
Records against opponents
|Opponent||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/–|
|United Arab Emirates||1||1||0||99||99||0||1||99.00||120.73||-|
Records by year
|Year||Matches||Innings||Not out||Runs||High Score||100||50||Average||Strike rate||Catches/Stumpings|
Records by location
|Location||Matches||Innings||Not out||Runs||High Score||100||50||Average||Strike rate||Catches/Stumpings|
|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|
|ODI batting career of AB de Villiers as of 1 June 2012 with career batting average (left) and 10 innings moving average (right).|
- 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 to reach 7000,8000 runs in one day Internationals.
- He equalled the record of maximum sixes (16) in an innings in an 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 rather an 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 while no South Africans hit 34 runs in an over
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.". 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.  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. 
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.
He is a self professed Manchester United fan, and a great admirer of the legends 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. 
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