What are some amazing facts about AB De Villiers?

This man surely needs no introduction.

Here are some amazing facts about ABD.

He is also a professional singer. He has his own band. He once collaborated with his friend and South African singer Ampie Du Preez for “Maak Jou Drome Waar” - a music album (Make your dreams come true). He has also sung at ICC awards.

His father's name is Dr Abraham Benjamin DeVilliers. His name is Abraham Benjamin DeVilliers. His son's name is Abraham. They all share the same name.

He was born on 17 Feb 1984. His lucky number is 17. And so his jersey number is also 17.

He has made the most number of test runs before getting out for a duck. (2958 runs)

He is the leading run-scorer for South Africa in Cricket World Cups.

Ab De Villiers knows Faf Du Plessis since childhood. Both were in the same school and played for the same club . A friendship beyond Cricket!

He is Mr.360 in International cricket. This is because he can hit shots all around the wicket.

He is a big Manchester United fan. He is also a Roger Federer fan.

He has also bowled in Tests and ODIs. He has 2 wickets in Tests and 7 ODI wickets to his name.

Ab De Villiers has also published his autobiography. (SEP 2016)

He has played the most number of test innings without scoring a duck. (78 innings)

He was very good at academics. He is a recipient of the prestigious national medal from the Late Nelson Mandela for science projects. He wanted to be a doctor and study medicine.

Everyone knows that ABD is very good at cricket. But, very few people know that he is a multi-sports person. Some of his achievements apart from Cricket :

He was a part of South Africa Junior National Hockey Team.

He is a holder of 6 South African school swimming awards.

He has also played rugby and was a part of his school's rugby team.

He has also represented South Africa at the National Under-19 Badminton championships.

He was also a member of South Africa junior Davis Cup team. (Tennis)

He was also shortlisted for the junior national football squad.

He was also good at athletics. He has won some medals in this sport as well.

He also plays golf and that too, professionally.

He has strong faith in God. During South Africa’s historic run chase of 414 in a Test match at Perth against Australia in 2008/09, he pointed to the sky after bringing up his ton.

He has also faced tough times in his career. During the 2007 ICC World Cup, DeVilliers got 4 ducks.

But it was in this very tournament that he hit his first ever ODI hundred and thus, silenced all critics.

AB de Villiers holds the record of fastest 50 (16 balls), fastest 100 (31 balls) and fastest 150 runs (64 balls) in One Day Internationals.

What do you think about the AB de villiers on and off field achievements?


Gursimran Singh

Source - Quora