Former South African captain and legendary batsman, AB De Villiers is celebrating his 37th birthday today i.e. on 17 February 2021. He is also called as the Superman of South Africa because of his speed, quickness and firecrackers.
Born on 17 February 1984 in Pretoria, South Africa, AB played international cricket for South Africa but he was also seen representing the teams in the world and in many T20 leagues. Also known as Virat Kohli’s best friend, AB also plays in the IPL from his team RCB. He retired from international cricket in the year 2018.
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Play Tennis, Golf and Rugby AB
AB has also played golf, tennis and rugby at the junior level but cricket was probably his most needed as some of his records in this great game are still intact. At the age of just 21, AB was known as the ‘future’ of South Africa cricket.
Double century against India and Pakistan
AB has scored two double centuries in his career, one against Pakistan and the other against India. He scored an unbeaten 278 against Pakistan in November 2010, which is the best Test score by a South African cricketer. Earlier in April 2008, he scored an unbeaten 217 against India in Ahmedabad.
Record for fastest century
AB holds the record for fastest century in ODIs. He scored a century off just 31 balls and scored 149 runs in that match. He also has a half-century record in 16 balls in ODIs. He has also won the ICC ODI Player of the Year award three times.
AB de Villiers announces retirement from international cricket
This was such a career
AB played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals in a career. In Tests, he scored a total of 8765 runs with the help of 22 centuries and 46 half-centuries. His best score is 278 not out, which he scored in 2010 against Pakistan. In ODIs, he scored a total of 9577 runs which includes 25 centuries and 53 half-centuries. At the same time, T20 International scored 1672 runs with the help of 10 half-centuries. He also took 9 wickets in international career.
Can participate in T20 World Cup?
AB de Villiers, who surprised everyone with his sudden retirement in 2018, is being speculated that he may return and take part in the T20 World Cup this year. Although nothing is official on this, but if management and AB want it, then it can also be possible. Abby herself has expressed a desire for this.