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

De Villiers blasts 162 as South Africa demolish Windies 27 Feb 2015

Sydney – South Africa captain AB de Villiers hammered the second-fastest century in World Cup history as he led his side to a crushing 257-run victory over the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. De Villiers finished on a...

India demolish South Africa, Sri Lanka survive Afghanistan World Cup scare 22 Feb 2015

Sydney – Defending champions India demolished South Africa by 130 runs, dealing the Proteas their heaviest World Cup defeat in front of almost 87,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, while Sri Lanka survived a scare agains...

De Villiers slams ‘unacceptable’ South Africa display 22 Feb 2015

Melbourne – South Africa captain AB de Villiers lashed out at his team after their massive 130-run loss to India in the World Cup on Sunday, saying it was an “unacceptable” performance. After defending champions India had piled up 307 fo...

India’s Dhoni excited by World Cup progress 22 Feb 2015

Melbourne – Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his team was on the right track at the World Cup after hammering South Africa by 130 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Shikhar Dhawan hit 137 as the defending champions p...

Zimbabwe will cause upsets – De Villiers 15 Feb 2015

Hamilton (New Zealand) – Relieved South African captain AB de Villiers forecast Zimbabwe will cause upsets in the World Cup after his team upstaged their African rivals in a nervy start to the tournament on Sunday. South Africa were inde...

South Africa seek W.Cup kick-start against improving Zimbabwe 14 Feb 2015

Hamilton (New Zealand) – South Africa will look to justify their status as one of the favourites to win the World Cup with a potentially tricky Pool B opener against minnows Zimbabwe in Hamilton on Sunday. Led by the swashbuckling AB de ...

World Cup 2015 preview: South Africa vs Zimbabwe – Match 3 Pool B 13 Feb 2015

This is the forgotten match of February 15. Everybody is supposed to watch the cricket match at the Adelaide Oval on this Sunday: between India and Pakistan. Another pair of neighbours too lock horns at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on the...

Top 10 most dangerous players to watch out for in 2015 Cricket World Cup 13 Feb 2015

In the past World Cups we have witnessed a number of heroic performances and hope to witness the some more in in the coming edition courtesy some top players who have the ability to turn things around single handedly and we are expecting...

Hosts look to start World Cup with a bang 13 Feb 2015

Sydney – There will be little love lost when arch-rivals Australia and England meet for a Valentine’s Day clash in front of an estimated crowd of more than 90,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground when the 2015 World Cup gets underway on S...

Disaster plants seeds for New Zealand World Cup dream 12 Feb 2015

Wellington – When South Africa rolled New Zealand for 45 in a Test innings two years ago little did they know they had also sown the seeds for the Black Caps to become strong contenders for the 2015 World Cup. Notables such as South Afri...

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