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THE BASICS

  • Full Name: Abraham Benjamin de Villiers (prefers to be called AB)
  • Nickname: Abbas
  • Date of Birth: 17 February, 1984
  • Star Sign: Aquarius
  • Place of Birth: Warmbaths/Warmbad (now renamed Bela Bela), Transvaal Province
  • Currently Resides: Pretoria, Gauteng Province
  • Height: 178cm (5’10”)
  • Family: Parents – Millie & Abraham Benjamin; and brothers – Jan & Wessels (9 years & 6 years older respectively)
  • Marital status: Married to Danielle Swart (March 30, 2013)
  • Children: a son, AB (born July 23, 2015)
  • Schools Attended: AB went to primary school in Warmbaths, and then became a boarder at Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool.
  • Occupation: South African cricketer and part-time musician (AB writes songs, plays the guitar and released an album with Ampie du Preez called, “Maak Jou Drome Waar” in August 2010.)

AB’s FAVOURITES

  • Cricket Ground: SuperSport Park, Centurion (his home ground)
  • Form of Cricket: Test Matches
  • Food Indulgences: Pasta and seafood
  • Drink: Passionfruit and soda
  • Restaurant: Crawdaddy’s, Menlyn Park
  • Sportsmen: Tiger Woods & Roger Federer
  • Rugby Teams: Blue Bulls & Springboks
  • Soccer Team:  Manchester United
  • School Subject: Biology
  • Movies: “Gladiator” & “A River Runs Through It”
  • Song: “Needs” by Collective Soul, & “All That I Have” by Snow Patrol
  • Band: Snow Patrol
  • Book: The Bible
  • Actress: Kate Beckinsale
  • Number: 17

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Alternative career: “I would probably be a doctor like my dad, but I’ve never had the chance to study”.
  • First job: carrying the drinks in the backyard while his brothers played cricket. AB was 4 years old and his reward at the end of the day was the chance to bat.
  • Who he’d invite to dinner: Nelson Mandela, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer & Kate Beckinsale. AB has also mentioned he’d invite Brad Pitt (and maybe Angelina, too).
  • Scared of: snakes

– Information from AB’s Official Site and Cricket South Africa

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