AB De Villiers Biography – A batsman with overflowing talent and breathtaking chutzpah, AB de Villiers has set up a landmark in the history of South African cricket. De Villiers is widely acknowledged for his soothing temperament, versatile sportsmanship, and exquisite gameplay. He is popularly known as Mr. 360 for his astonishing batting all over the ground.
AB de Villiers is an international cricketer who has represented the South African national cricket team across all three formats of the game. The Right-Handed batsman led his side for the majority of his career. After the retirement of Mark Boucher, De Villiers took over the role of gloveman for the national team.
AB De Villiers Biography – Cricketing Career & Personal Life
Abraham Benjamin de Villiers, popularly known as AB de Villiers was born on 17th February 1984 at Warmbad in Transvaal Province of South Africa to Abraham B de Villiers and Millie De Villiers. AB has two elder brothers named Jan de Villiers and Wessels de Villiers. De Villiers is an exceptional family man who spares enough time for his close ones barring his professional career.
According to De Villiers, he had a relaxed and soothing lifestyle in his childhood days. Faf du Plessis, the current skipper is his childhood friend from his schooling days. AB’s father was a doctor who played rugby union in his youth and he inspired him to take up sports in his career. De Villiers is the national swimming, chess, and rugby champion.
- Age: 37 Years
- Height: 5’11”
- Weight: 75 kg
- Alma Mater: Afrikaanse Hoer Seunskool, Pretoria
- Coach: Brad Beckinsale
AB De Villiers Early Days
AB de Villiers belonged to a family who is a beloved fan of sports and he played over five sports in his childhood. De Villiers developed a keen interest in cricket and started to pursue the game as his profession. De Villiers developed unconventional cricketing abilities which soon marked his berth in the South African U-19 Team.
AB De Villiers Domestic Career
De Villiers had a good run for the U-19 team and was subsequently selected for the Titans team to play for the 2003-04 domestic season. The young lad was provided with the golden opportunity to represent the national team after playing just 16 first-class matches.
AB De Villiers International Career
One of the youngest South African debutants, De Villiers stormed into the South African test side for the England series at the age of 20. He made his debut at Port Elizabeth on 16th December 2004. This was truly the start of something very big. De Villiers was sent to open the innings but was later demoted to the middle order along with keeping the wickets.
De Villiers is the only South African batsman who has batted from the No. 1 to No. 8 positions. De Villiers had a good run against England as he scored 158 runs and South Africa won the series. However, his form slumped at the Australian tour where he performed miserably. He was soon inducted into the ODI side and had a good white-ball series against India.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2007
AB de Villiers had a poor run at the ODI world cup except for his thundering maiden century against West Indies in a super eight game. He also sustained an injury in the same match but registered a 170 and 70 run partnership against Kallis and Gibbs. His sustainable effort helped him to retain his spot on the national side.
The Golden Era
AB de Villiers gained the attention of world cricket with his blissful performance from 2008. In April 2008, De Villiers became the first South African batsman to score a double century against India. His success against India earned him a call for the England and Australian tour. This was where he set a benchmark for himself on the national side.
De Villiers scored an unbeaten century against England to help his team to level the test series. His form continued to shine in the Australian series where he strokes two magnificent centuries which helped South Africa to win a test match in Australia after 15 years. He was rested for the Zimbabwe test series but returned in the ODI team smashing two centuries.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
There was no doubt in De Villier’s selection for the World Cup in India. Though South Africa was shown the exit in the quarterfinals, De Villiers showcased his fascinating talent by smashing three centuries in the group stage. He became the first South African batsman to score two consecutive centuries in a single edition of the World Cup.
AB De Villiers Captaincy
After the nightmare of the 2011 World Cup, Graeme Smith stepped down as the captain of South Africa, and De Villiers was set to take him over as the youngest captain of the team. His first series came as the ODI captain in the series against Sri Lanka which his team won under his performing leadership. De Villiers also led the test side and transferred the T-20 reign to his friend Faf du Plessis.
De Villiers had a mesmerizing time with South Africa from his captaincy to his retirement. He helped his team to retain the Test mace in 2013 and played valuable knocks at the T-20 World Cup in 2014 and 2016. De Villiers led the South African team to the semifinal of ICC World Cup 2015. De Villiers retired from all forms of international cricket on 23 May 2018.
Franchise Cricket | AB De Villiers in IPL
AB de Villiers has been the favorite pick of various franchises for the cash-rich domestic leagues. De Villiers made his franchise debut for Delhi Daredevils at the Indian Premier League 2008. He was later picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore for $1.5 Million in 2012. He continues to play for the franchise that has retained him since then.
Apart from IPL, De Villiers has represented various teams including Barbados Tridents in CPL, Brisbane Heat at Big Bash League, Lahore Qalandars in PSL, and many more franchises in his career.
AB de Villiers Wife
Danielle de Villiers
AB de Villiers proposed to his long-time girlfriend Danielle Stewart at Taj Mahal in India on 30th March 2012. A year down the line, the couple married at a private ceremony at Bela Bela province in South Africa. Danielle gave birth to AB’s two sons and recently a daughter. Their two sons are named Abraham de Villiers and John Richard de Villiers.
AB de Villiers Net Worth
The estimated net worth of legendary batsman AB de Villiers is Rs. 154 crores. De Villiers has earned a majority amount of the income through his professional career in South Africa. He was a Grade A player and earned crores of rupees as salary. A stagnant part of his income also came from a franchise-based cricket system.
Apart from professionalism, AB also earns through various endorsements for popular brands including MRF. He has an 11.2 crore contract with the RCB franchise in IPL. De Villiers loves to live a luxury lifestyle and has a lavish villa in his hometown in South Africa. His premium collection of cars included an Audi R8, Q7, and BMW X5.
AB De Villiers 2015 World Cup Controversy
AB de Villiers and the team management had a rift following South Africa’s world cup exit from the semifinals in 2015. Captain De Villiers insisted to play Vernon Philander in place of Kyle Abbott which proved to be a failure in his decision-making. He was highly criticized by the cricket board and hung in controversy for a brief period.
AB de Villiers Records
- The second youngest and second fastest South African batsman to score 1000 runs in test match cricket.
- De Villiers holds a powerful record of smashing the fastest fifty and century in ODI cricket.
- He has smashed the fastest 7000 runs in ODI cricket.
- AB de Villiers holds the record of hitting the most number of sixes in ODI matches alongside Rohit Sharma.
- De Villiers also holds the record of fastest 150+ score in ODI.
- First South African batsman to score a double century against India.
- Second highest test score by a South African batsman (297).
AB de Villiers Awards & Achievements
- ICC ODI Player of the Year 2010
- South African Cricketer of the Year 2014
- ICC ODI Player of the Year 2014
- ICC Cricketer of the Year 2015
AB de Villiers Facts
- AB de Villiers and his counterpart Faf du Plessis are childhood friends since his school days.
- De Villiers is fond of drinking expensive drinks occasionally.
- De Villiers released his autobiography in 2016 in English and Afrikaan.
- Music is an integral part of AB’s life and he loved to listen to English and African songs.
- De Villiers was a notorious kid in his childhood and played pranks with his friends.