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

World Cup 2015 Semi Final Preview: New Zealand vs South Africa 23 Mar 2015

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S.Lanka bat against S.Africa in Cricket World Cup quarter-final 18 Mar 2015

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World Cup Quarter Final: South Africa vs Sri Lanka Match Preview 17 Mar 2015

South Africa meets Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground on this Wednesday in what could be the most hard-fought match in the World Cup 2015 quarter finals. South Africa appears the better team for these conditions. However, Sri Lanka h...

South Africa cricket coach confronts ‘choking’ history 17 Mar 2015

Sydney – South Africa coach Russell Domingo insisted his side had faced up to their unwanted tag of cricket’s serial “chokers” ahead of a World Cup quarter-final with Sri Lanka in Sydney on Wednesday. Despite boasting some of the world’s...

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Sydney – Ten magic moments in the 2015 Cricket World Cup group stage which concluded on Sunday: Captain Morgan or invisible man? – England captain Eoin Morgan was introduced as ‘Eoin Rogers’ by the mayor of Wellington when the team arriv...

South Africa ‘raring to go’ in World Cup quarters, says Miller 12 Mar 2015

Wellington – South Africa have put their rollercoaster pool performances at the World Cup behind them and are “raring to go” in the knockout rounds, batsman David Miller said Thursday. Miller, who scored 49 as the Proteas defeated the Un...

De Villiers enters top 10 of Cricket World Cup scorers 12 Mar 2015

Wellington – South Africa captain AB de Villiers became one of the top 10 run scorers in World Cup history on Thursday, although it will have done little to ease the agony of being dismissed on 99. De Villiers was on the verge of his thi...

South Africa crush UAE to reach cricket World Cup quarter-finals 12 Mar 2015

Wellington – South Africa cruised to a straightforward 146-run win over the United Arab Emirates Thursday to secure a World Cup quarter-final berth and seal second place in Pool B behind India. The Proteas never looked troubled against t...

World Cup 2015 Match Preview: South Africa vs United Arab Emirates 11 Mar 2015

Thursday’s match between South Africa and United Arab Emirates would have been an inconsequential match of the World Cup 2015, had South Africa won all their matches. They did not – they could only win three of their five matches. If the...

Sangakkara craves for records despite “creaking” joints 11 Mar 2015

Hobart (Australia) – Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara said on Wednesday he loved chasing records after becoming the first batsman to score four consecutive one-day centuries during a World Cup game against Scotland in Hobart. The 37-y...

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