AB Devilliers

Test century by a South African and the fastest Twenty20 International (T20 International) by a South African batsman.

As of May 2018, from the date of his debut in international cricket, he has scored 20,014 runs in international cricket.

Within the same period, he is second behind Kumar Sangakkara.

On 23 May 2018, he announced that he was retiring from all forms of international cricket.

On 23 May 2018, he announced that he was retiring from all forms of international cricket.

Personal life

Abraham Benjamin de Villiers was born in Warmbad, South Africa, [8] and later described a “truly relaxed lifestyle where everyone knows everyone”.

He went to high school in Pretoria with teammate Faf du Plessis. He participated in the prestigious Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool.


De Villiers is a right-handed batsman who has scored over 8,000 runs including 22 centuries and 46 fifties in Tests.

De Villiers became the second youngest and second fastest South African after Graeme Pollock to reach 1,000 test runs.

o far in his Test career, he has batting, bowling, and wicket keeping. After a spell in the South Africa U19 squad, he made his debut for the Titans in 2003/4.

He made a great batting debut, but dropped the order of the second Test and handed over the wicket-keeping gloves.

In this match, he made a place in the match, saving half-century from number seven.

However, he again found himself at the top of the order for the final Test of the series and played the majority of his Test winnings there.

Despite a good tour of the Caribbean team, he scored 178 runs to help South Africa win the Test series, his rapid progress on his tour of Australia in 2005 halted.

Despite Shane Warne playing well, he struggled and scored just 152 runs in 6 innings.

Achieve fame

On 4 April 2008, de Villiers became the first South African to score a double century against India, with his top score being 217.

He then tried for the wicket after scoring 97 runs at The Oval. Monty Panesar got a four and was caught in the hands of the fans.

In the first Test in Perth, de Villiers scored a match-winning century, helping South Africa score 414 at the loss of six wickets while chasing a 414-run target in the second winnings.

Gaining attention

De Villiers scored an obdurate 174 that helped set up a ten-wicket win for South Africa in the second Test against England at Headingley Carnegie in Leeds in July 2008.

In the first Test in Perth, De Villiers scored a match-winning century to help South Africa chase down the second-highest-ever fourth innings target of 414 with six wickets in hand.


De Villiers only scored 11 runs in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and made another low score in the first innings of the final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

During the ODI series, in the 4th ODI in Adelaide, he played as wicket-keeper after Boucher was ruled out.

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