AB de Villiers: Mr 360 degrees!

IPL Fantasy Stats AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers is probably one of the best batsmen in the world that we have now. And his statistics are testimony to the above statement. Having made various records like the fastest ODI century, half-century, and 150 runs, AB de Villiers has established a name and massive fan-following for himself in the world of cricket. The right-arm medium-paced bowler has proved his mettle in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has been one of his team’s key performers; Royal Challengers Bangalore. RCB is led by Virat Kohli.

In his international career spanning 15 years, Villiers has been named ICC ODI player of the year, a good number of three times. The right-handed batsman has made over 8,000 runs in both Tests as well as ODI cricket. Villiers is also among the few batsmen who have a batting average of 50+ in both Test and ODI cricket. After announcing in May 2018 about his retirement from all forms of international cricket, Villiers, in January 2020, talked about wanting to make the international come back and play for South Africa in the T20 World Cup, 2020.

In the 2011 world cup, Villiers became the first South African and fifth batsman in the world to have scored two successive centuries in one world cup tournament. With an SR of 136.73, De Villiers has a record of having the highest Strike Rate among South African cricketers who have made centuries in the World Cup matches. Villiers also finds his name in the list of most “player of the match” awards in World Cups (thrice). He holds this record alongside another former South African cricketer, Jacques Kallis.

In the 2015 World Cup, De Villiers made 482 runs at a Strike Rate of 144.0 and an average of 96.0. In ICC batsmen rating, At the end of the 2015 World Cup tournament, De Villiers grabbed the number 1 position in the ICC batsmen rating in ODI cricket and number 3 in test cricket. 

After scoring his very first Test century in 2005 against England and his very first ODI century in 2007 against West Indies, De Villiers has scored a total 22 Test centuries and 25 ODI centuries in his career.

As far as IPL career is concerned, De Villiers has proved to be one of the most important players for the teams he has been a part of since its inception. De Villiers was a part of Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in the Indian Premier League ( i.e., 2008-2010). In 2011, Royal Challengers Bangalore bought AB de Villiers at Rs 5 crores and retained the player. This is because Villiers has proved to be a master performer for the Royal Challengers Bangalore team in all the IPL seasons since 2011. His top-rated performances include the 2015 IPL match when he scored 133* runs in 59 balls against Mumbai Indians, one of the strongest IPL teams. He also scored 129* runs in 52 balls in a 2016 IPL match against Gujarat Lions. He, in fact, made a total of 687 runs in 2016 IPL.

As the 2021 IPL is around the corner, let us see how impactful Villiers’ performance will be for his team in this IPL season.

AB de Villiers Biography

Full NameAbraham Benjamin de Villier
BornFebruary 17, 1984
Birth PlacePretoria, South Africa
Height1.78 m
RoleWK- Batsman
Batting StyleRight Handed
Bowling StyleRight-Arm Medium
ODI DebutVs England, February 2005
T20I DebutVs Australia, February 2006
IPL Debut Vs Chennai Super Kings, May 2008
Test DebutVs England, December 2004 

Batting Stats & Records 

FormatMRunsHSAvgSR50s100s4s6s
IPL1694849133*40.41151.91383390235
Test114876527850.6654.524622102464
ODIs228957717653.5101.15325840204
T20Is7816727926.12135.1710014060

Bowling Stats & Records 

FormatMWktsBBIEconAvgSR
IPL169
Test11422/493.0652.0102.0
ODI22872/156.3128.8627.43
T20I78

Interesting Facts About AB de Villiers

Not many people know that AB de Villiers is a multi-talented individual who, apart from playing cricket, also plays other sports like Hockey and badminton. Holding the records like scoring the fastest century, a half-century, and 150 runs in ODI cricket, Villiers is touted to be a tiger on the ground. Let us look at some of the interesting facts about AB de Villiers.

  • AB de Villiers is also known by the name Mr 360 or superhuman as he can hit the ball all over the ground in all directions and at all the sides of the wicket.
  • It would be surprising for you to know that Villiers had also been the captain of the Junior Rugby team in South Africa.
  • AB de Villiers is multi-talented, and this can be proved by the fact that besides playing Hockey, rugby, and cricket, he has also won 6 records for South-Africa in swimming.
  • Villiers made his debut in international cricket in 2004 and has become one of the world’s best batsmen in the current generation.
  • He made a record by scoring a century in 31 balls while playing opposite West Indies in 2015.
  • It’s pretty fascinating to know that AB de Villiers, in his career, has made 2958 runs without ever getting out on zero.
  • ICC selected Villiers as the best ODI player in 2014.
  • Villiers also holds the record of scoring 150 runs in just 64 balls

How AB de Villiers’ stats will help you in Fantasy Cricket?

All fantasy cricket players might be aware that having detailed information about any player is extremely important for them to make their own fantasy cricket teams. Hence, AB de Villiers’ statistics are essential for you to have a detailed insight into his career and scoring potential. This would give you adequate knowledge about the player and help you understand if the player specializes in any particular skill. You can thereby use this information while building your own fantasy cricket team on MPL. Now have a read and decide if you want Villiers in your MPL fantasy cricket XI. 

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