Place of Birth: Warmbaths (now Bela-Bela), South Africa
Nationality: South African
Playing Role: Batsman, Wicketkeeper
Batting Style: Right-handed
Bowling Style: Right-arm medium
– AB de Villiers is a former South African cricketer and one of the most dynamic and versatile batsmen in the history of the game.
– He made his international debut for South Africa in December 2004 in a Test match against England.
– De Villiers excelled in all three formats of the game: Test cricket, One-Day Internationals (ODIs), and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).
– Known for his unorthodox shot selection, incredible hand-eye coordination, and ability to play shots 360 degrees around the ground, de Villiers is often regarded as one of the most innovative and entertaining batsmen of his generation.
– In Test cricket, he displayed his ability to adapt to different situations, scoring over 8,000 runs with an average of above 50. He registered 22 centuries and 46 half-centuries in the longest format of the game.
– In ODIs, de Villiers amassed over 9,000 runs at an average of over 53. He holds numerous records, including the fastest century in ODIs (off just 31 balls) against the West Indies in 2015.
– De Villiers also had success in T20Is, scoring over 1,600 runs and holding the record for the fastest half-century in the format (off 16 balls) against the West Indies in 2015.
– He served as the captain of the South African national cricket team in all three formats from 2012 to 2017.
– De Villiers was known for his exceptional wicketkeeping skills and often took up the gloves for South Africa in limited-overs cricket.
– He represented the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and played for several other domestic teams around the world.
– In May 2018, de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket, leaving behind a remarkable legacy as one of the greatest cricketers of his time.
Please note that the information provided is based on the available knowledge up until September 2021.