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

South Africa cruise to series win over woeful West Indies 22 Jan 2015
East London (South Africa) – On a pitch which captain Jason Holder admitted held no terrors, the West Indies collapsed to 122 all out and suffered a humiliating nine-wicket defeat in the third one-day international against South Africa a...
Anderson salutes de Villiers’ ‘hell of an innings’ 19 Jan 2015
Nelson (New Zealand) – Corey Anderson saluted AB de Villiers on Monday for a “hell of an innings” after the South African broke the New Zealander’s record for the fastest century in a one-day international. De Villiers took just 31 balls...
Karachi Gymkhana, Karachi Gold Bridge win in National Seniors Cup 19 Jan 2015
On a day when South Africa’s skipper A B de Villiers smashed the fastest century in One-day International at Johannesburg there were a few blazing knocks also on the opening day of the 17th National Seniors Cup Cricket Tournament 2015, b...
AB de Villiers fastest ODI century shatters West Indies in 2nd ODI 18 Jan 2015
Johannesburg – AB de Villiers hit the fastest century in one-day international history as South Africa overwhelmed the West Indies in the second one-day international at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday. Full Scorecard: South Afri...
Steyn strike ends Gayle rampage as South Africa win 16 Jan 2015
Durban (South Africa) – Dale Steyn ended a short but brutal rampage by Chris Gayle to open the way for South Africa to beat the West Indies in a rain-affected first one-day international at Kingsmead on Friday. The hosts won by 61 runs a...
South Africa, West Indies seek World Cup form 15 Jan 2015
Durban (South Africa) – South Africa and the West Indies square up in five one-day internationals, starting at Kingsmead on Friday, in their final competitive matches before the World Cup starts in Australia and New Zealand next month. S...
Race for ODI top spot heats up for ICC Cricket World Cup contenders in Tri Se... 15 Jan 2015
Australia and India will have the chance to put daylight between one another at the top of the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings, when they compete alongside England in a tri-series, which starts in Sydney on Friday. Friday’s opening clash ...
Countdown on for evenly-matched, security-tight Cricket World Cup 14 Jan 2015
Sydney – The countdown is on for the 11th Cricket World Cup and the likely winner is still guesswork a month out in one of the most evenly-matched and security-conscious tournaments staged. Australia will share the hosting of next month’...
Sangakarra returns to top of Test Batting Rankings, Younis ranks 8 12 Jan 2015
Sri Lanka’s star wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakarra has returned to the top of the Reliance ICC Test Players Rankings following the completion of the second Test in Wellington, which host New Zealand won by 193 runs. Despite 2-0 seri...
South Africa gamble on De Kock injury for World Cup 7 Jan 2015
Cape Town – Injured wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock was on Wednesday named in South Africa’s squad for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next month. De Kock, 22, a free-scoring left-handed opening batsman and capable wicket...

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