Abraham Benjamin de Villiers, also known as ABD was born on 17th February 1984 in South Africa. He has played International cricket for South Africa for more than 20 years and holds a lot of records in the batting format. He has been crowned world’s best batsman for many times. He started his career as a wicket keeper for South African National Cricket team but eventually, he performed more as a batsman.
Ab De Villiers is the only batsman who holds the world’s fastest One Day International century on 31 balls against West Indies in 2015. Talking about records, De Villiers has a bunch of them. In the year 2016, he completed his career 8000 runs. In the current South African team, he is the only batsman who has 54 plus batting average and 100 plus strike rate. De Villiers in the year 2018, was ranked after Kumar Sangakkara, by scoring 20,000 plus career score. De Villiers also captained the South African team for so many years and took the team to highest level there exists.
De Villiers total International career contained 228 ODI’s, 114 Tests and 78 Twenty 20 matches. De Villiers was fond of all sports but not only cricket. In his early age, he was not only the master at cricket but Rugby, golf and Tennis were in the queue. ABD has seen the highest level of success during his professional cricket period. Not only in South Africa but he has played a lot of Cricket leagues in India, South Africa and other countries. He has performed so well in all formats and thus, making him the best player in the world.
Ab De Villiers skipped the test series against “England” and all of the remaining Test series last year. Eventually, he decided to come back to the ODI cricket that year against Bangladesh and showed an amazing performance by scoring a tremendous century with a very high strike rate of 169.23. He kept with that form and showed amazing cricket later that year.
But in the year 2018, a shocking news came out as De Villiers announced his retirement on Twitter by saying “I’ve made a big decision today” and posting a video of him describing his plan of retirement. The highlighted words from his retirement video are “I’ve had my turn and, to be honest, I’m tired”.