|AB de Villiers Quick Info
|5 ft 11 in
|Date of Birth
|February 17, 1984
|Danielle de Villiers
AB de Villiers is a professional former cricketer who played cricket internationally for his native country, South Africa. He started playing international cricket in 2004. Apart from playing cricket, he also sings and has released an album in collaboration with singer Ampie du Preez. ABD is a big fan of the football team Manchester United. He also holds the record of scoring the “Fastest T20I fifty by a South African” in 21 balls and the “Joint slowest T20I fifty by a South African” in 49 balls.
Abraham Benjamin de Villiers
AB, Mr. 360
Warmbad, Pretoria, South Africa
Pretoria, South Africa
AB de Villiers went to the prestigious Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool, where he studied alongside his future South African cricket teammate Faf du Plessis.
Former professional cricketer
- Father – Abraham B de Villiers (Doctor and former rugby union player)
- Mother – Millie de Villiers
- Siblings – Jan de Villiers (Brother), Wessels de Villiers (Brother)
AB de Villiers’s personal team handles his representation and management work.
Right arm medium
Power Ballads, pop, folk
Sony Music Africa
5 ft 11 in or 180 cm
73 kg or 161 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
AB de Villiers has dated
- Danielle de Villiers – AB first met his future wife Danielle Smart at the age of 23. His mother had taken him out for a lunch at a game lodge at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains. After the lunch, he was introduced to the owner of the establishment John Smart, who in turn introduced them to his wife and daughter. De Villiers was smitten by her on the first encounter itself. On the drive back home, he asked his mother when he can get Danielle’s number and then texted her to invite to a gathering with his friends. However, thereafter, they didn’t make any progress on the romantic front as he got busy with his cricket career and she devoted herself to the studies. Then, he got to meet her at his brother Wessel’s wedding and he was blown over by her voice as she sang his favorite song. Soon after, she moved to Cape Town and they started seeing more frequently. In the early months of 2012, he decided that he wanted to marry Danielle. So, before he left for IPL, he asked her parents their permission to marry her and they helped him pick a ring for Danielle. He surprised her with a proposal on a trip to Taj Mahal, which he felt was an ideal location for his romantic proposal. They got married in 2013 at the very spot, they had first met at. In 2015, she gave birth to their son, Abraham.
Race / Ethnicity
He has Afrikaans ancestry.
Blue with a hint of green
- Blue-Green eyes
AB de Villiers has a lucrative bat sponsorship deal with Indian tire manufacturer, MRF.
He has also appeared in a TV advert for Lay’s Korma Curry.
Plus, he has used his status as one of the most popular South African sportsmen to earn generous fees for promotion through his social media accounts.
He is a devout Christian.
Best Known For
- Being one of the most successful and accomplished batsmen of his generation. He has managed to dominate all formats of cricket with his attacking and innovative brand of batting.
- His stunning fielding due to which he is often compared with another South African legend Jonty Rhodes.
First Cricket Match
AB made his test debut in December 2004 in a match against England at Port Elizabeth. His team lost the match by 7 wickets.
In February 2005, he made his ODI debut against England at Bloemfontein. The match ended in a rare tie.
In February 2006, AB played his first international T20 match against Australia at Johannesburg in a winning cause.
In August 2010, he released his debut studio album, Maak Jou Drome Waar, in collaboration with singer-songwriter Ampie du Preez. Out of 14 tracks, five songs were in English while the others were in his native Afrikaans.
AB has upped the quality of his workout regime in a bid to prolong his cricket career well into the wrong side of the 30s. To improve his endurance and stamina, he relies on runs on the treadmill. To improve his agility and minimize the chances of an injury, he performs a series of floor exercises such as planks, leg pulls, and other core exercises.
Regarding diet, he tries to eat as much protein as possible. His diet relies heavily on cereals, milk, chicken, eggs, and fish (usually salmon or tuna). He also drinks protein shakes to further fuel his body. However, he gives himself to indulge a bit on his cheat days. He certainly loves going with his friends on small getaways to eat junk food such as burgers and pizzas.
AB de Villiers Favorite Things
- Guilty Pleasures – Pasta, Sea Food, and a glass of Red Wine
- Soccer Team – Manchester United
Source – Food NDTV
AB de Villiers Facts
- Apart from cricket, while growing up, he was pretty good at tennis and golf.
- After having made up his mind to pursue cricket over other sports, he started his cricketing journey during 2003/04 season with Titans franchise team.
- In 2004, he also played for Carrickfergus Cricket Club in Northern Ireland as an overseas player.
- His burgeoning reputation as a star batsman was recognized with a nomination for ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC Test Player of the Year in 2009.
- In April 2008, he became the first South African player to score a double century in test matches against India. He scored 217 not out in his team’s only innings as they romped to a victory by an innings and 90 runs in Ahmedabad, India.
- In March 2009, he became the second batsman to hit 4 sixes in an over as he tore into Andrew McDonald to hit 4 consecutive sixes in his side’s innings and 20 runs victory over the touring Australian team.
- In the 2011 Cricket World Cup, he achieved the distinction of being the first South African player to score two ODI centuries in a single World Cup tournament. He scored centuries in consecutive matches against West Indies and the Netherlands.
- In January 2015, AB became the first player to hit an ODI century in 31 balls as he clobbered the West Indies bowling attack for 149 runs off 44 balls. In the same match, he also became the first player to hit 50 in 16 balls.
- At the 2015 World Cup, he became the first batsman to score 150 runs off 64 balls as he hit West Indies for 162 runs off 66 balls in an innings that featured 17 boundaries and 8 sixes.
- In November 2021, de Villiers had retired from all forms of cricket at the age of 37. He had retired from international cricket in 2018.
- In February 2022, AB discussed on an RCB podcast that if he was born in India, he would have probably never played in the Indian cricket team since only special players are allowed to play in the team in India.
- Since IPL’s inception in 2008, AB has always played in each season except in 2022. In May 2022, he expressed his desire to return to playing cricket in IPL in the 2023 season for RCB.
- In May 2022, AB was inducted into Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Hall of Fame.
- In January 2023, de Villiers talked about keeping the players motivated in all the 3 formats of the game and considered it a ‘global cricketing issue’.
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