What’s in a name? Ask Abraham Benjamin de Villiers

Any Australians wanting to get under A.B. de Villiers’ skin this summer won’t need to be too imaginative with their sledging; they only need to call him by his name, which he hates.

A.B. stands for Abraham Benjamin, but the young South African opening batsman dislikes his given names so intensely that he insists his teammates call him by his initials.

His fellow South Africans, though, know how to wind him up, and it seems his captain, Graeme Smith, in particular has a way of antagonising opponents and teammates alike.

During the festival match at Lilac Hill last Friday, Smith could be heard cheekily calling his opening partner “Ram”, a shortened version of Abraham that also rubs de Villiers up the wrong way. The pair seemed to get along OK yesterday, though, as they put on an 83-run opening partnership at the WACA Ground.

Source: The Age – December 18, 2005 / CHLOE SALTAU and NABILA AHMED

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