AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers

Full name Abraham Benjamin de Villiers
Born February 17, 1984, Pretoria
Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Major teams South Africa, Africa XI, Delhi Daredevils, Northerns, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Titans


Abraham Benjamin de Villiers more commonly known by his initials AB is a South African cricketer and captain of the South African One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 teams, having succeeded Graeme Smith in both roles after the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He is also part of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.He attended Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Afrikaans High School for Boys, also known as Affies), a popular and renowned public school located in Pretoria.

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AB De Villiers gave an early indication of his versatility in his debut season against England in 2004/05 when he opened the batting, was used in the middle-order and also kept wicket. In addition, it soon became evident that he was going to become the natural successor to Herschelle Gibbs as the Proteas’ best fielder.

In the same series he made his maiden Test century at SuperSport Park and quickly established himself as one of the most aggressive and entertaining players in world cricket.

He made key centuries in the Proteas’ away Test series victories in England and Australia in 2008. Earlier in that year he had become the first South African to score a Test double century against India.

He took his career to a new level in the 2010-11 season when he made South Africa’s then highest Test score ever (278 not out vs. Pakistan), made South Africa’s fastest ever Test century (75 balls vs. India) and together with Morne Morkel broke the South African 10th wicket partnership record (108 vs. Pakistan) that had stood for more than 80 years.

He was appointed captain of both the ODI and T20 squads and vice-captain of the Test squad at the start of the 2011-12 season and celebrated the occasion by being named in the ICC Test Team of the Year for 2011. He has since been a regular choice in both the ICC Test and ODI teams. In his captaincy debut ODI series against Sri Lanka he led the Proteas to a 3-2 victory and was named Sunfoil Man of the Series.

He and Hashim Amla hold the ODI third wicket all-time partnership record of 238, established against Pakistan in 2013. He is also the joint second fastest batsman in the history of the game to score 6 000 ODI runs.

Following the tragic injury to Mark Boucher that hastened that player’s international retirement he has taken over the wicketkeeping gloves for the Proteas in Test cricket as well.

Batting and Fielding Averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 95 159 16 7296 278* 51.02 13535 53.90 19 36 840 50 177 3
ODIs 168 162 27 6780 146 50.22 7128 95.11 18 38 610 120 140 3
T20Is 57 54 9 1007 79* 22.37 804 125.24 0 5 82 30 52 6
First-class 121 204 21 9183 278* 50.18 16452 55.81 22 50 228 4
List A 200 193 30 8117 146 49.79 21 47 166 3
Twenty20 164 151 31 3595 105* 29.95 2640 136.17 1 21 282 137 115 15

Bowling Averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 95 5 204 104 2 2/49 2/49 52.00 3.05 102.0 0 0 0
ODIs 168 2 24 35 0 - - - 8.75 - 0 0 0
T20Is 57 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 121 234 138 2 2/49 69.00 3.53 117.0 0 0 0
List A 200 24 35 0 - - - 8.75 - 0 0 0
Twenty20 164 - - - - - - - - - - - -

AB de Villiers News

Shivnarine Chanderpaul jumps to third spot in ICC Test Rankings 17 Sep 2014
West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul has returned to the top three of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following a stellar performance against Bangladesh in the second Test in St Lu...
Roach, Benn, Brathwaite achieve career-best rankings 11 Sep 2014
Kemar Roach has broken into the top 10 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers for the first time in his career after steering the West Indies to a 10-wicket victory over Bangladesh in...
Steyn, Du Plessis seal South Africa victory 6 Sep 2014
Harare – Dale Steyn ripped the heart out of Australia’s batting and Faf du Plessis came within a whisker of yet another century as South Africa cruised to a six-wicket victory to clinch the triangu...
After Zimbabwe shock, Australia seek boost 1 Sep 2014
Harare – Australia must overcome the embarrassment of losing to Zimbabwe and the departure of captain Michael Clarke to injury when they take on South Africa in the fifth match of a one-day triangu...
South Africa spinners eye hard-hitting Australia in tri-series 31 Aug 2014
Harare – South Africa will look to extract an advantage from their superior spin options when they take on a hard-hitting Australian side in the second match of a triangular series in Harare on Wed...
South Africa beat Zimbabwe despite Prosper Utseya hat-trick 30 Aug 2014
Harare – Prosper Utseya became just the second Zimbabwean to take a hat-trick in a one-day international but South Africa still pulled off a 61-run victory in Friday’s triangular series clash. Utse...
South Africa one-day debuts for Rossouw and Shezi 20 Aug 2014
Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) – South Africa will hand debuts to top-order batsman Rilee Rossouw and left-arm seamer Mthokozisi Shezi in Thursday’s third and final one-day international against Zimbabwe. Hav...
Wayne Parnell stars as South Africa ease to series victory 20 Aug 2014
Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) – Wayne Parnell took three wickets and contributed some handy runs as South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 61 runs in the second one-day international to clinch the three-match series ...
Career-best rankings for du Plessis and Taylor 13 Aug 2014
Dubai: South Africas Faf du Plessis and Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor have achieved their career-best rankings to date in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, which were released fo...
Sangakkara claims top rankings in Tests after heroics against Pakistan 11 Aug 2014
Dubai: Sri Lankan prolific batsman Kumar Sangakkara has regained the number-one Test batting spot in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following his 10th double century in the Galle...

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