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There's a new AB de Villiers, literally South Africa superstar AB de Villiers and his wife Danielle have welcomed a new addition to their very talented family, with Abraham Benjamin de Villiers born at 12.01am on Wednesday. The like-named...

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ICC names De Villiers ODI Player of the Year South Africa's one-day captain AB de Villiers was named ODI Cricketer of the Year, the International Cricket Council announced on Friday. De Villiers and pace bowler Dale Steyn were the two Proteas...

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South Africa's A.B. de Villiers the ultimate all-rounder It was the eye of the storm: the Centurion Park pitch when Mitch Johnson delivered the 12-wicket haul later rated among the most hostile of recent times. But as Protea after Protea perished, one proved...

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De Villiers refines T20 hitting AB de Villiers' latest Twenty20 onslaught shows he's currently the most nerveless all-round hitter of a cricket ball around. There are hitters. There are finishers. There are sloggers. And there are,...

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The wonder that is AB I was commentating on the game between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Monday when I realised once again what a gifted player AB de Villiers is. He is the sort...

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There’s a new AB de Villiers, literally

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South Africa superstar AB de Villiers and his wife Danielle have welcomed a new addition to their very talented family, with Abraham Benjamin de Villiers born at 12.01am on Wednesday.

The like-named son to the Proteas star will no doubt have similar athletic expectations placed upon him in the years to come, but for now news that the child and mother are healthy is enough to bring smiles to the faces of cricket fans worldwide.

“We all feel very blessed and grateful,” de Villiers said after the birth. “Mother and son are both doing well.”

A similar sentiment was expressed by the maternal father of the newest AB.

“Today I became a grandfather!” he wrote in a Facebook post. “Abraham Benjamin De Villiers was born at 12:01 and weighed 3.2Kg. He is a good looking and healthy boy.”

Widely considered one of the greatest batsmen of the modern era, de Villiers pulled out of South Africa’s series in Bangladesh to be present for the birth of his first child – and while there may have been a twinge of regret when Steve Smith overtook him as the top-ranked batsman in Test cricket – that is no doubt a distant memory for the new father.

AB de Villiers’ world record breaking feats make him better than Sir Donald Bradman says Bob Willis

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BETTER than Bradman.

That’s Bob Willis’ stunning assessment of AB de Villiers in the wake of his record-breaking ODI century in Johannesburg on Sunday.

“I’ve been saying for the last 30 years that Viv Richards has to be the best batsman of all time — even better than Sir Don Bradman in my book — but I’m going to have to reassess because this guy is something extraordinary,” Willis told Sky Sports UK.

“The improvisation, the strength, the intelligence — knowing exactly where every fielder is and where the gaps are — were unbelievable.”

Willis’ comments are certainly controversial, but there can be no doubt that de Villiers now belongs among cricket’s great batsmen.

Here are five reasons why.

AB de Villiers is the only player in history to average over 50 with the bat in Test and ODI cricket with a minimum of 150 innings completed in both formats. His mean score of 52.09 from 162 Test innings and 52.39 from 171 ODI’s dwarfs the numbers of anyone to ever play the game. If the belt is loosened to a minimum of 100 innings in each format, only one other player falls into this category — current South African Hashim Amla. Remarkably, de Villiers is the only player in history to average over 50 in Test, ODI, First Class and domestic one day/List A cricket.

Much of de Villiers’ international career has also been spent shouldering an incredible workload as wicketkeeper while batting in the top five for his country. But that doesn’t seem to worry him — he averages more with the bat in matches he keeps wicket than in matches where he doesn’t. De Villiers has worn the gloves in 23 of his 98 Test matches, averaging 58.26 with the bat in those fixtures — more than six runs per innings higher than his career mark. But the difference in ODI cricket is phenomenal — in 58 ODI’s as wicketkeeper, his average skyrockets to 70.54, more than 18 runs above his overall average.

It seems that wherever he goes, whenever he goes, AB de Villiers just makes runs and the numbers back it up. Since 2008, de Villiers has averaged between 47 and 78 in Test cricket every completed calendar year, while he only averages under 40 in one country — Bangladesh. In ODI cricket the numbers aren’t much different — since 2009, his average in a calendar year has not dipped below 50, while only the cold and miserable conditions of England and Ireland have pushed his mean score below the 40 mark for an individual country.

De Villiers has long been the best batsman in the world in the Test and one day arenas and this has been reflected in the ICC’s rankings system. In ODI cricket, de Villiers has been top of the pile for over two years, during which time he has captained the team since Graeme Smith’s departure and kept wicket. While not leading the Test team, de Villiers also sat at the top of the Test rankings during that period, before Kumar Sangakkara plundered New Zealand to all parts recently and pipped him for top spot by one rankings point.

Many would think that ploughing the world’s best bowlers to all parts on the field and meticulously preparing day in, day out off the field would leave de Villiers strapped for time. But not so — he has achieved his incredible array of batting feats while recording a pop album. Brett Lee may be Australian cricket’s most renowned musician but AB de Villiers gives him a run for his money in the singing stakes, punching out beautiful renditions of power ballads such as ‘Show Them Who you Are’ and ‘Madibaland’ in his bilingual album ‘Maak Jou Drome Waar’. Somehow, we think the sound of him cracking bowlers to all parts sounds a little better …

Source: FOX Sports – January 19, 2015 / Matthew Taylor

A.B. de Villiers smashes fastest one-day century

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A.B. de Villiers took 31 balls to smash the fastest century in one-day internationals on Sunday as South Africa posted two for 439, their highest team total in this format, in the second ODI against West Indies at the Wanderers.

Described by retired Australian stumper Adam Gilchrist as the “most valuable cricketer on the planet” earlier this week, de Villiers blasted 16 sixes and nine fours in his blistering 44-ball knock of 149, bettering New Zealander Corey Anderson’s 36-ball century against West Indies last year.

The 30-year-old right-hander went down on his knees and slog-swept Jason Holder over deep mid-wicket for his 10th six to bring up his century before raising his bat and taking off his helmet with a broad smile on his face.

Coming out to bat after a 247-run opening stand between Hashim Amla (153 not out) and Rilee Rossouw (128), de Villiers set a record for the fastest half-century as well.

He reached the milestone in 16 balls, improving the previous best mark by Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya against Pakistan in 1996 by a delivery.

Known for his improvisation, the Proteas ODI captain manufactured big shots and cleared the boundary at will.

He was eventually out in the final over of the innings, one run away from shattering the record for fastest 150, currently held by Australian Shane Watson who reached the mark in 83 balls against Bangladesh.

Rossouw struck his maiden ODI century with a relatively sedate 128 from 115 deliveries, while Amla registered his highest ODI score from 142 balls.

South Africa beat their previous highest 50-over score of 438 at the same ground against Australia in 2006.

The West Indies were unlikely to chase down a world record target but managed a respectable 7-291 to give South Africa a 148-run win and a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

The target was arguably out of their reach the moment big-hitting Chris Gayle was caught at deep midwicket off Morne Morkel for 19 in the fifth over.

Dwayne Smith, caught off a Morkel no-ball in the first over when he had four, made 64 off 65 balls and Denesh Ramdin contributed 57 off 55 deliveries.

De Villiers said he had planned to send in David Miller for the closing overs but was persuaded by coach Russell Domingo to go in himself.

“There was always going to be a lot of aggressive batting around Hash at the end,” said De Villiers.

“It just came off for me. I did a lot of walks up and down in the change room thinking about how I should be playing.

“I got fired up in the change room, I sort of played my knock before I came out to bat. Aggression was probably the main thing for me, I just wanted to go from the word go.”

The South African captain’s innings included 16 sixes, equalling the world record set by Rohit Sharma when he hit 209 for India against Australia in Bangalore in 2013/14.

He also hit nine fours in an innings which had a near-capacity crowd at the Wanderers roaring in approval.

Aware that they had witnessed a special innings, the West Indian players rushed to congratulate De Villiers. Gayle, who played a match-winning Twenty20 innings at the Wanderers a week earlier, bowed in salute as De Villiers walked past him.

Fastest one-day hundreds:

1. AB de Villiers (South Africa) – 31 balls against West Indies in Johannesburg on Jan.18, 2015.
2. Corey Anderson (New Zealand) – 36 balls against West Indies in Queenstown on Jan.1, 2014.
3. Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) – 37 balls against Sri Lanka in Nairobi on Oct.4, 1996.
4. Mark Boucher (South Africa) – 44 balls against Zimbabwe in Potchefstroom on Sept.20, 2006.
5. Brian Lara (West Indies) – 45 balls against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Oct.9, 1999.
6. Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) – 45 balls against India in Kanpur on April.15, 2005.
7. Jesse Ryder (New Zealand) – 46 balls against West Indies in Queenstown on Jan.1, 2014.
8. Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) – 48 balls against Pakistan in Singapore on Apr.2, 1996.
9. Kevin O’Brien (Ireland) – 50 balls against England in Bangalore on Mar.2, 2011.
10. Virat Kohli (India) – 52 balls against Australia in Jaipur on Oct. 16, 2013.

Source: The Age – January 19, 2015

Zuma lauds AB de Villiers for “sterling” achievements

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President Jacob Zuma on Sunday congratulated cricketer AB de Villiers on becoming the fastest player ever to score 7000 One Day International runs.

“Mr de Villiers has done the country immensely proud with his sterling achievements and we wish him all the best going forward,” said Zuma in a statement issued by the Presidency.

De Villiers has also been named the International Cricket Council’s One Day International (ODI) Cricketer of the Year.

Playing his 172nd ODI for South Africa against Australia on Friday, he brought his total to 7019 runs from 166 innings at an average of 51.23.

Zuma – who is currently in Brisbane, Australia for the G20 leaders summit – also pledged his support for the Proteas in their ODI match against Australia in Perth on Sunday.

India’s Sourav Ganguly was the previous fastest to reach the landmark, needing 180 matches and 174 innings to reach 7000.

Jacques Kallis was the previous fastest South African – 197 matches and 188 innings – with Herschelle Gibbs the only other South African to have scored more than 7 000 ODI runs.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the skipper deserved recognition for his achievements.

“AB fully deserves every accolade that comes his way,” Lorgat said.

“He is a supremely gifted cricketer and undoubtedly one of our best ever. He has also grown impressively as a leader among the Proteas.”

Source: Mail & Guardian – November 16, 2014

AB de Villiers becomes fastest to 7000 ODI runs

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South Africa’s AB de Villiers has become the fastest to reach 7,000 runs in the history of ODI cricket, having got there against Australia at Perth, earlier today, in just his 166th innings. He has overtaken former Indian left-hander Sourav Ganguly, who was the previous record-holder after having reached the landmark in 174 innings.

Chasing 301 from 50 overs for victory, AB de Villiers was under pressure right from the moment he came out to bat with the South Africans precariously placed at 3/53. The situation worsened when Faf du Plessis fell for 31 shortly after. But de Villiers, along with David Miller, managed to steady the South African innings.

They stitched together a 126-run partnership for the 5th wicket and were looking on course to take South Africa to victory when Miller was dismissed for a well-made 65, turning the match back in Australia’s favour once again. Once Miller was back in the pavilion, de Villiers had to pull off something truly special for South Africa to have any hope of winning, and that hope receded quickly as the 30-year-old was run out for 80 with the Proteas still needing 86 runs for victory from just over 10 overs.

Imran Tahir and Morne Morkel, courtesy of brief cameos, did give a scare late on, but it wasn’t sufficient as the South Africans slumped to a 32-run defeat.

Source: SportsKeeda – November 15, 2014