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.