AB de Villiers is widely considered to be the best batsman in the modern era. He’s set a number of records, and his exploits have won him a tremendous fan-base in India. Let’s take a quick look at some things that make de Villiers special!
All his hundreds have been scored at a 100+ strike rate
We all know that de Villiers holds the records for both the fastest hundred, as well as the fastest fifty in ODIs. But de Villiers’ consistency is remarkable – he’s scored every single one of his 24 ODI hundreds at over a run-a-ball. It’s feats like this that set him apart from other batsmen in his era.
He’s quite the musician
De Villiers has released an album (Maak Jou Drome Waar), and always travels on tours with his guitar. If you’re looking for a clip of him singing a more familiar song, we’ve got you covered. Check out de Villiers singing ‘Summer of 69’. Side note – don’t miss an extremely enthusiastic Mohammad Kaif, and a disinterested, ‘What am I doing here’ Daniel Vettori.
He once scored 33 off 220 balls in a Test match
When South Africa played Australia in Adelaide, they needed to bat out four and a half sessions to save the test. De Villiers played a key role in salvaging a draw, suppressing his natural instincts for over four hours. It’s not something you’d usually associate with an aggressive batsman like AB, but he managed it, showcasing a vastly different side to his batting.
He’s probably the most gifted athlete in the history of the game.
De Villiers joined Afrikaanse Hoer Seunskool at the age of 13. What followed, was the human equivalent of a cheat-code.
De Villiers was shortlisted for South Africa’s junior national hockey team.and football teams. He also captained South Africa’s junior national rugby team, and was a member of the junior Davis Cup team. Before joining the school, he had been South Africa’s U-10 national badminton champion, and if that wasn’t enough, de Villiers held six South African school swimming records, as well as the record in the 100m dash in South Africa’s junior athletics.
He was more than just an athlete though – he was also the recipient of the prestigious national medal from the Late Nelson Mandela for a science project.
So yes, that’s pretty incredible. We managed to get a quote from Sachin Tendulkar himself – he believes de Villiers is the most dangerous batsman in the world.
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