Congratulations AB and Danielle!

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Congratulations to AB and his new bride, Danielle, who were married on Saturday, March 30 in Johannesburg in the presence of family, friends and team-mates.

We wish you all the best for a long and happy life together!

Source: Sportspersons with their family on Facebook

Ahead of IPL, AB de Villiers to marry girlfriend Danielle Swart

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Just a week after making his team proud by helping his side beat Pakistan with a superb knock, South Africa’s ODI captain and Royal Challengers Bangalore star AB de Villiers has got a busy and his most important weekend ahead.

The time AB has been waiting for has finally arrived as he ties the knot with his long-time girlfriend Danielle Swart on Saturday, according to a report in a South African website iol.co.za.

No details have been released about the wedding but AB’s friend and ex-teammate Paul Harris confirmed via twitter that the two would be getting married on Saturday.

Harris tweeted: “Can’t wait for Saturday!! There will be a few cries of anguish from all the ladies as the Prince of Pretoria @ABdevilliers17 ties the knot!”

Danielle too confirmed the news on twitter two weeks ago that she would be getting married soon.

During IPL 5 the South African cricketer took a small break to propose his girlfriend Danielle Swart at the Taj Mahal which is the most romantic place on the earth.

Swart, 24, lives and works in Cape Town. She met De Villiers six years ago at her father’s lodge outside Bela-Bela in Limpopo.

Last year Swart spoke to an Indian News Publication and said she is fond of AB and their relationship.

“Our families are really good friends. In fact, I first met AB in my dad’s farm and over the years I really got to know him and respect him a lot,” Swart said.

“AB is so different when he is not playing. I love his sense of humour and the way he connects with his family.

“He is a family-oriented man and is very close to them and shares everything with them, which is a rare quality these days.”

They’ve remained close friends for over six years but their love bloomed two years back.

Swart accompanied De Villiers to Graeme Smith and Irish pop star Morgan Deane’s wedding last year.

The couple have decided that they will keep their private life out of spotlight and hence details like where the marriage will take place is unknown.

Source: NDTV – March 30, 2013

AB de Villiers joins Amla at ODI rankings summit

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AB de Villiers, who was the Man of the Series and highest run-getter in South Africa’s 3-2 One-Day International series win against Pakistan, has joined Hashim Amla, his team-mate, at the top of the rankings for ODI batsmen.

De Villiers, who scored 367 runs at an average of 91.75 in the series, was last ranked No.1 in May 2010, but his current rating of 882 is his best ever.

Virat Kohli continues to be ranked third with MS Dhoni fourth, while Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain and his side’s highest run-getter in the series against South Africa, jumped ten places to a career-best 18th rank.

Dale Steyn, who played four of the five matches against Pakistan, and had an economy rate of 3.48, returned to the top ten in the bowlers’ rankings, jumping nine places to be joint eighth with Morne Morkel, his new-ball partner.

Saeed Ajmal continues to lead the bowlers’ rankings.

South Africa finished the series as the fourth ranked ODI side, after having an opportunity to topple India, who are ranked No.1, with a 5-0 sweep or finish second if they won by a 4-1 margin. The eventual result of 3-2 means England will be ranked second on the April 1 cut-off date.

India will collect $US 175,000 and the ODI Shield for being the top-ranked side, while England will be awarded $US 75,000.

Top Five Batsmen: 1. Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers (882) 3. Virat Kohli (812) 4. MS Dhoni (784) 5. Jonathan Trott (753).

Source: Wisden India – March 25, 2013

AB de Villiers praises team for spirited win against Pak

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AB de Villiers praises team for spirited win against PakJohannesburg: Captain AB de Villiers has lauded his players` performance during their hard-fought 34-run win over Pakistan in the third one-day at Johannesburg on Sunday.

South Africa has taken a 2-1 lead in the five-match one-day series after winning the first match in Bloemfontein.

De Villiers said it wasn`t easy to bat during the first 10 to 15 overs and the wicket really assisted the bowlers, adding to come back from that and to win the match made it all the more special to him.

De Villiers and Hashim Amla set a new world record for a third-wicket partnership in 50-over cricket, combining for 238 runs off 194 balls. On the way to achieving their milestone, they each scored centuries with Amla making 122 and De Villiers 128.

The captain said it is always nice to bat with Amla and they took calculated risks at the right time, adding they both played according to their gut feel and they just sensed when it was the time to take it on.

De Villiers said the intensity and the energy out on the field while they were batting was unbelievable and he felt quite drained afterwards.

Source: ZeeNews – March 18, 2013

Proteas ODI captain AB De Villiers shudders from word ‘over-rate’

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Proteas ODI captain AB De Villiers shudders from word ‘over-rate’ Johannesburg: South Africa captain AB de Villiers has admitted that he fears being punished for his side maintaining a slow over-rate in one-day cricket.

De Villiers was banned for South Africa`s last two ODIs against New Zealand earlier this year after his team failed to complete their overs in the time allowed.

The players were also fined 100 percent of their match fees for the game in Paarl in January, Sport24 reports. The skipper said they really tried to up the tempo against Pakistan on Sunday, yet were still an over behind the allotted time, and he admitted he hates the word over-rate.

De Villiers said he gave his best, they worked hard on it to stay with the tempo and halfway through our overs they were still behind, adding it`s worrying because in the last 15 overs, when the ball gets hit out the park and you have to think about field placing and time gets lost.

De Villiers added they were slightly behind, and it`s tough to determine exactly what the problem is. De Villiers added they are still working on the problem, and at least it was much better against Pakistan than in Paarl where they were six overs behind.

A similar transgression in the next 11 months could land De Villiers in more serious trouble though, and he and his team will be eager to further work on the problem when they gather in Centurion on Wednesday ahead of the second ODI there on Friday.

Source: ZeeNews – March 13, 2013