Sports Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi
Published by: Shaktiraj Singh
Updated Fri, 19 Nov 2021 02:33 PM IST
South Africa’s AB de Villiers was a true 360 degree player. Apart from cricket, he did wonders in eight other sports. Initially he wanted to become a doctor. He was also given a medal by President Nelson Mandela for the science project.
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South African legend AB de Villiers has retired from all forms of cricket. With this an era came to an end. De Villiers wrote a new definition of batting in T20 cricket. He came to be called Mr 360 because of his ability to shoot all around the field, but in real life he was also Mr 360. Everything he touched in his career turned gold. His statistics in his cricket and rest of the records testify to this. De Villiers showed his mettle in nine sports including cricket. Apart from this, won the medal for the science project and also showed fire in the world of music.
De Villiers holds the record for the fastest century in the history of ODI cricket. He scored a century against West Indies in just 31 balls. He has also scored the fastest half-century (16 balls) and 150 runs (64 balls) in ODIs. De Villiers’ father was a doctor and wanted to become a doctor like his father, but after his success in cricket and other sports, he changed his mind.
Apart from cricket, de Villiers did wonders in these sports
- AB de Villiers also has a good understanding of music and has also released his own music albums. These albums are very popular among his fans.
- In South Africa’s junior athletics, he holds the record for the shortest run of 100 meters.
- Apart from cricket, de Villiers also achieved success in golf, rugby, hockey, football, tennis, swimming and badminton.
- De Villiers also received a medal from the then President Nelson Mandela for his science project.
ABD’s record in cricket
AB de Villiers has played 114 Test matches in his career and scored 8765 runs at an average of 50.66. During this, he has also scored 22 centuries and 46 half-centuries. De Villiers has also taken two wickets while bowling in five innings. He has taken 222 catches and has also done five stumpings.
In 228 ODIs, he has scored 9577 runs at an average of 53.50. During this, his bat has also scored 25 centuries and 53 half-centuries. At the same time, he has also taken seven wickets by bowling in nine innings. Along with this, he has taken 176 catches and has also done five stumpings.
De Villiers was an amazing batsman in T20 but his figures are not special according to his stature. He has scored 1672 runs in 78 matches at an average of 26.12. No century came off his bat. Although 10 half-centuries definitely remained in his name. He never bowled in the shortest format of cricket. In this format, he has taken 65 catches and made seven stumpings.
In 184 IPL matches, he has scored 5162 runs at an average of 39.71. During this, three centuries and 40 half-centuries have also come out with his bat. His highest score is 133.