AB De Villiers - A Man of Records

Often considered to be one of the finest batsmen, AB De Villiers is the epitome of versatility across all formats of cricket. When in peak form, Ab De Villiers batting style is known to take on any bowling attack apart with a wide array of strokes, irrespective of the side of the wicket. It is this very ability that caught the selector’s eyes, thereby, making his debut in 2004, at the age of 20. Registering his first Test century in his debut series against England, De Villiers made the world know that he had arrived.

AB De Villiers Personal Details:

Name AB De Villiers
Date of Birth 17 February 1984
Birthplace Warmbad
Height 5 ft 8 Inches
Playing Role Right Handed Batsman
Spouse Danielle De Villiers
ICC Rankings-
ODI 97
T20 11

AB De Villiers Stats - International Career

It took just 16 first-class matches for AB De Villiers to make the jump to international cricket matches. Throughout his career, AB De Villiers has played at various positions, be it No.1 to No.8. At every position, he has performed with almost equal efficiency. To know more about some key AB De Villiers records in international cricket, have a look at the following points:

  1. He is the first South African to score a double century against India in Test. He scored an undefeated 217 against the Indian team in Ahmedabad.
  2. His 278* against Pakistan in 2010 is the second highest score in Test cricket by a South African, only behind Hashim Amla’s 311*.
  3. De Villiers has also scored the fastest ODI century in cricket. He crossed the century mark in just 31 balls during a match against West Indies in 2015.

AB De Villiers Career Stats

Format Matches Innings Runs Highest score Average Strike Rate 100 200 50 4s 6s
Test 114 191 8765 278 50.66 54.52 22 2 46 1024 64
ODI 228 218 9577 176 53.5 101.1 25 0 53 840 204
T20I 78 75 1672 79 26.12 135.17 0 0 10 140 60
IPL 154 142 4395 133 39.95 151.24 3 0 33 357 212

AB De Villiers - IPL stats

While he gave a steady performance in international T20 matches, it was in IPL that he got to show his explosive T20 avatar. AB De Villiers’s heavy hitting batting style has made him one of the most successful players in the Indian Premier League. After playing the first three seasons with Delhi Daredevils (now known as Delhi Capitals), AB De Villiers has had a successful run with the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Here is a glimpse into some of his best performances in the Indian Premier League.

  1. In season 5 of the IPL, AB De Villiers knocked off a stunning 23 runs in one over against Deccan Chargers Dale Steyn.
  2. Till date, he has scored three centuries in the IPL. Out of which, his highest score was 133* against Mumbai Indians in the 2015 season.
  3. He has posted five 100+ and two 200+ partnerships with Virat Kohli. This is the only pair that achieved the feat.

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