Top 11 Fun Facts About AB de Villiers


South African legend, AB de Villiers, graced the cricket world for 15 years, his strokeplay etching him in history as one of the greatest. Crowned ICC ODI Player of the Year thrice and recognized as a Wisden cricketer of the decade, his legacy extends beyond records, leaving fans awe-struck with his innovative genius and humble sportsmanship.

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Born in Warmbaths (Bela-Bela), South Africa, to a doctor father and a real estate mother. Inspired by his dad's rugby background, afterwards young AB discovered his own passion for cricket.

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Attended Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool, where he befriended future teammate Faf du Plessis. Excelled in various sports, including hockey, table tennis, rugby, badminton, and more. Was part of the U-14 cricket team, U-16 hockey team, and even represented South Africa in junior rugby.

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Not just athletic, AB shone academically, earning an award from Nelson Mandela for a science project. This well-roundedness foreshadowed his future as a multifaceted individual.

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Selected for the South African U-19 squad in 2003, finishing as the 2nd highest run-scorer with an impressive average. Demonstrated early potential and talent, hinting at the greatness to come.


Made his first-class debut in 2003-04 and later moved to Titans, playing there for 14 years. Scored an astonishing 10689 runs with a captivating average of 49.71, solidifying his status as a key player.

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Earned the nickname "Mr. 360" for his ability to play innovative shots all around the wicket. Redefined batting with his audacious strokeplay and unorthodox techniques.

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Holds numerous ODI records, including fastest 50 (16 balls), fastest century (31 balls), and fastest 150 (64 balls). Achieved the 3rd fastest 7000 and 8000 runs in ODIs, showcasing his exceptional consistency.


Smashed the fastest century by a South African batsman in Tests, scoring 100 runs in just 75 balls. Contributed significantly with the bat and gloves, even achieving the rare feat of a century and 10 dismissals in a Test match.


Played for Delhi Daredevils initially, but found his true home with Royal Challengers Bangalore. Holds the record for most Man of the Match awards in IPL history (25) and remains a fan favourite.


Retired from international cricket in 2018 but continues to inspire with his philanthropy, singing, and mentorship. A true legend of the game, remembered not just for his records but also for his humility, sportsmanship, and love for the sport.


Launched his YouTube channel, "ABD 17", sharing insights, behind-the-scenes moments, and engaging with fans. Embarks on a new journey, connecting with audiences and exploring his passions beyond cricket.

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