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QUICK FACTS
  • Nick Name: AB de Villiers
    Batting Style: Right Handed
  • DOB: 17th Feb 1984
    Bowling Style: Right-arm medium
Wisden India
    • TEAM:
    • Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Africa, Titans
AB de Villiers

CAREER STATS

BATTING & FIELDING
Mat Inns NO Runs Avge HS BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 98 162 16 7,606 52.1 278* 13,989 54.37 21 36 872 53 185 4
ODIs 187 180 32 8,003 54.07 162* 8,054 99.37 20 47 714 164 156 5
t20is 57 54 9 1,007 22.38 79* 804 125.25 - 5 82 30 52 6
First Class 125 208 21 9,507 50.84 278* 16,929 56.16 24 50 1,149 65 236 5
List A 219 211 35 9,340 53.07 162* 9,596 97.33 23 56 844 179 182 5
T20s 164 151 31 3,594 29.95 105* 2,640 136.14 1 21 282 136 115 15
BOWLING
Mat Inns balls Mdns Runs Wkts Avge Eco sr bbi 4w 5w 10
Tests 98 5 204 6 104 2 52 3.06 102 2/49 - - -
ODIs 187 8 297 - 191 7 27.29 3.86 42.43 2/15 - - -
t20is 57 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First Class 125 7 234 7 138 2 69 3.54 117 2/49 - - -
List A 219 8 297 - 191 7 27.29 3.86 42.43 2/15 - - -
T20s 164 - - - - - - - - - - - -
PROFILE

The term ‘genius’ get bandied about loosely in sport, but when it comes to AB de Villiers, as a teammate said, the label is richly deserved. With an unbelievable 149 off 44 balls against West Indies in early 2015, where the fifty came from an record 16 balls and the hundred from a record 31 balls, de Villiers, the South African captain, has staked his claim to a place among the greats.
 
De Villiers is the classic modern-day batsmans. When out in the whites, his cover drives are a sight to behold, a throwback to the days of Mark Waugh when right-handed batsmen could hold a good debate with their left-handed counterparts on the subject of elegance. Cut to the shorter formats of the game, and AB is equally prized as an innovator, a creator of shots much like Tillekaratne Dilshan and others of the Twenty20 factory.
 
But more than all of that, AB is an almost complete sportsperson. He is only a shade below compatriot Jonty Rhodes when it comes to plucking balls out of thin air, he keeps wickets when his team wants him to or the fancy catches him, he is a super sprinter between the wickets and, of course, has batted at pretty much every position possible for a top-order batsman.
 
Off the cricket field, AB plays a decent game of rugby, tennis and golf, if his mates are to be believed. His potential had been recognised early enough, and AB made his Test debut soon after South Africa’s 2003 World Cup debacle when the selectors were trying to put together a new and young team under Graeme Smith. But it wasn’t smooth sailing for the first part, maybe because of AB’s famously cavalier attitude towards life. Till the turning point in 2008, when he scored the first Test double century by a South African against India – 217 not out in Ahmedabad.
His averages are now north of 50 in every format of the game; telling you just how far his prodigious skill has now come.
 
It can be confidently said, that de Villiers follows the example of Sachin Tendulkar, and Kumar Sangakkara- adjusting to all the three formats of the game with relative ease.
 

  • Last Updated:  

    5th Feb 2015
  • Author:  

    Shamya Dasgupta