The South African wicketkeeper batter is a former all-round international cricketer with extraordinary talent on the pitch. The 360-degree batsman displays a flair in his ability to transform his game by matching his skills to meet the demands of any format. He can hit any ball anywhere against any bowler. He holds the record for the fastest 50, 100, and 150 in ODI cricket. In addition, he is the only batsman (with a minimum of 5000 runs) to ever average above 50 with a strike rate of above 100. Let’s look at his career and achievements.
Basic Information About the Player
Full Names: Abraham Benjamin de Villiers
Nationality: South Africa
Age: 37 years old
Bat Style: Right hand
Bowl Style: Right-arm medium
- Brisbane Heat – 2019-20
- Middlesex – 2019
- Lahore Qalandars- 2019
- Rangpur Riders- 2019
- Tshwane Spartans- 2018
- Barbados Tridents – 2016
- Royal Challengers Bangalore– 2011-present
- Delhi Daredevils: 2008-2010
- Titans- 2004/05 – 2017/18
- Northern – 2003-04
Stats and Career Achievements
Abraham de Villiers is one of the most versatile cricketers who has risen the ranks to become one of the world’s finest batsmen across all formats. His flair on the pitch catapulted him to international fame when selectors noticed his supreme ability in 2004 when he was fast-tracked to the South African squad. His first Test debut was against England, where he made a match-saving half-century, with a sublime 52 in just his fourth innings with the bat.
Shortly after, he showed the world he was capable by registering his first Test century during the series. A year later, De Villiers made his ODI debut and played his first T20I in 2006. He has accumulated over 8000 runs in Tests, including 22 centuries and 46 fifties. He also upholds the second-highest individual score by a South African batsman with 278.
After the 2011 Cricket World Cup, he was promoted to lead the national ODI and T20I sides. However, following an elbow injury that kept him off the pitch for an extended period, he gave up the Test captaincy in 2016. Still, he stayed on as South Africa’s leading batsman and first-choice wicketkeeper.
De Villiers has bagged several achievements in his cricket career, including ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2010, 2014, and 2015. In addition, in 2014 and 2015, he was crowned the South African Cricketer of the Year. He has represented his national side and was a hot buy in the IndiaT20 league as well.
Unfortunately, he announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket in 2018, a move that sent ripples across the cricket fraternity.
Last Match Played
The outstanding South African batsman played his last Test against Australia in April 2018 in Johannesburg. This was preceded by fantastic series wins against India and Australia in the series. The South Africans won by 492 runs to take the series 3-1. De Villiers scored 69 and 6 to finish the series with 427 runs at an average of 71.16. While addressing the media, de Villiers said he wanted to walk away from the game while still playing decent cricket.
De Villiers is an outstanding cricketer who made 360-degree batting popular. He was a vital member of the national squad and made a considerable contribution to South African cricket.