AB de Villiers is a former South African cricketer. He is born in Pretoria on February 17, 1984, and played international cricket for South Africa. His 17-year-long professional cricketer journey ended in 2021 when he decided to stop playing. He was reputed as a right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper who actively played for South Africa, Africa XI, South African Invitation XI, Rangpur Riders, Pretoria Mavericks and Barbados Royals. Villiers also played for IPL teams like Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals. AB de Villiers was titled the ICC ODI Player of the Year, thrice in his career and was one of the five Wisden cricketers of the decade by the end of 2019.
Early Days of AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers was born on the 17th of February, 1984, in Pretoria, South Africa. His father, Dr Abhraham B de Villiers is a doctor and used to play rugby in his young days. His mother Millie De Villiers is an entrepreneur. His elder brother Jan de Villiers is an integral member of various finance committees in the parliament house of South Africa. Jan de Villiers is 9 years elder than AB de Villiers. Wessels de Villiers is also his elder brother. Wessels also played cricket professionally.
Academic Details of AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers completed his elementary school at Warmbaths Primary School and middle and high school at Bela-Bela African Boys High School in Pretoria. He is a high-school graduate.
Personal details of AB de Villiers
Real Name: Abraham Benjamin de Villiers
Celebrity Name: AB de Villiers
Nick Name: ABD, Superman, Mr 360
Place of Birth: Pretoria, South Africa
Current City: Durban, and South Africa
Birthday: 17th February 1984
Profession: Cricketer; Batsman and Wicketkeeper
Nationality: South African
Relationship Status: Married
Eye Colour: Blue
Hair Colour: Golden Brown
Net Worth: $21 Million
Family details of AB de Villiers
Mother’s Name: Millie De Villiers
Father’s Name: Dr Abhraham B de Villiers
Number of Siblings: 2 ( Jan de Villiers and Wessels de Villiers)
Children: 3 ( John Richard de Villiers, Abraham de Villiers and Yente de Villiers
Spouse Name: Danielle de Villiers (m. 2013)
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Body measurements of AB de Villiers
Body Physique: Moderate
Height in Feet: 5 feet 11 inches
Height in Meters: 1.80 m
Weight in Kg: 75 kg
Weight in Pound: 165 lbs
Body Measurement: 40-32-14
Chest Size: 40 inches/101.6 cm
Waist Size: 32 inches / 81.28 cm
Biceps: 14 inches/35.56 cm
Shoe Size (US): 10
Dress Size (US): Unknown
Relationship Status of AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers dated his girlfriend Danielle Swart for five years. Finally, Villiers proposed Danielle at the Taj Mahal in Agra in 2012. The couple got married in 2013 in Bela-Bela, South Africa and is currently blessed with 2 sons and 1 daughter. Their firstborn, Abraham de Villiers is born in 2015 and their second born John Richard de Villiers is born in 2017. The couple is blessed with a daughter, Yente de Villiers in 2020.
Net Worth of AB de Villiers
The latest data for 2022 reveal that the net worth of AB de Villiers is $21 Million. His 17-year-long international cricket career is the primary source of his income. He has played for quite a few reputed teams like South Africa, Africa XI, Pretoria Mavericks, Barbados Royals, South African Invitation XI, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. His annual income is about $3 million per year and it has raised about 140% over the last few years. Moreover, he is one of the highest-paid international players in the IPL, with a salary of $2.1 million.
Early Career Days of AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers started his cricket career in 2003, by joining the Titans of South Africa- the national U-19 team. After a short stint in domestic cricket, he started his career in the International cricket space. In 2004, December, he made his test debut, when he was just 20, against England in Port Elizabeth. Though he performed in his debut match as an opening batsman, soon he was selected as a wicketkeeper. In the second match of the test series, he scored a half-century and received immense love and applause.
In 2005, he played the Tour of Australia. He played against iconic Shane Warne but his performance did not match expectations. Though he scored 152 runs in 6 innings, he was regarded as the second-fastest and second-youngest South African to get 1,000 Test runs, after Graeme Pollock.
Phenomenal Performances by AB de Villiers
In the 2006 series, he played against India and got his then-highest score, 92 not out, against 98 balls. This superb score comprises 12 fours and 1 six. Along with being a wicketkeeper, his fielding positions are 1st and 2nd slip and cover. One of his phenomenal fielding is seen in 2006 while making the run-out of Simon Katich, a grand success. He dived and stopped the ball and threw the ball facing away from the stumps and lying upside down. This stunt was phenomenal and made him gain an immense reputation as a fielder.
AB de Villiers performed well in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. In the same year, he also scored his maiden ODI hundred with 146 runs against 130 balls. This comprises 5 sixes and 12 fours, in the Super 8 game against West Indies. He also played promisingly well in the 2011 Cricket World Cup, and various ODI and test series played against all renowned teams of the world.
Recent Works by AB de Villiers
In 2005, Villiers scored his fastest fifty and the fastest 100 in One-Day International cricket. He scored 50 against 16 balls and 100 against 31 balls. He was also one of the top performers in the 2005 World Cup scoring 482 runs. He was also a part of Delhi Titans and played as a captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. Villiers was awarded the RCB Wall of Fame for his performance from 2011-2021. He was known as 360 for his batting style.
Villiers retired from International cricket in 2018 and from all forms of crickets in 2021 November. He has also written his autobiography titled; AB: The Autobiography.