Villiers has been ranked as the best batsman in the world – Virat Kohli & Villiers keep replacing each other for the No.1 spot (Virat Kohli being on the no.1 place currently). Before Virat Kohli, there were hardly any players who were as unconventional as Villiers. A strong batsman, a focused wicketkeeper and overall the best cricketer of the South African Team, he always ranks in the top 3 batsmen in the world.
As we hear the news of him announcing his retirement from international cricket, we cannot help but reminisce his life.
Abraham Benjamin (AB de Villiers) was for a short period of time, the captain of the South African cricket team. Till date he is the only player who has stepped up in so many common sports, surprising his fans.
He was born on 17 February 1984 and it is aid that 17 his lucky number. His jersey number is also 17.
Here are some quick facts about Villiers:
1) In ODI, AB de Villiers, South African scored the fastest century in 31 balls against the West Indies at Johannesburg on 18th January 2015, breaking the record of New Zealand’s Corey Anderson.
2) It is sometimes quite difficult to believe that this man is also a National Level Champion of Under 19 Badminton. He was also selected for Junior Hockey & Football Squads.
3) AB de Villiers is holding six swimming records for a school in South Africa and he was the captain of the South African junior rugby team.
4) Since school, the batsman of the South African team was a brilliant one as he himself has received an award from Nelson Mandela for a science project.
5) He has the ability to destroy any kind of a bowling tactic and is one of the best batsmen in all the 3 formats. The nickname he has got in cricket is ‘Abbas’.
6) Among all of the grounds where the batsman and bowlers love to perform, his favourite his SuperSport park Centurion which is his home ground.
7) He collaborated with South African Ampie Du Preez for a music album named “Maak Jou Drome Waar” (Make Your Dreams Come True)!
8) His nickname is Abbas!
He will be missed in international cricket.
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