Ultimate XI T20 Batsmen 3-5: AB De Villiers

By Sports Desk August 03, 2020
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AB De Villiers had every shot in the book and some that were not in it. He could hit the ball anywhere regardless of who was bowling. One of South Africa’s great players in Tests and ODIs, De Villiers won himself an army of fans playing T20 cricket in the Indian Premier League.

In ODI’s he saved some of his most destructive performances for the West Indies. In 2008, he scored blistering 103 not out off 109 balls in Durban against the Caribbean side. Then in January 2015, he broke the record for the fastest ODI century, reaching it in just 31 balls against West Indies at the Wanderers.

Though he struggled in T20 internationals largely because he was batting too low in the order, De Villers thrived playing in the Indian Premier League as one of the Royal Challengers Bangalore's most successful players.

He never scored a T20 century for South Africa, he scored four in league matches while amassing 8567 runs at a healthy average of 37.15 with a strike rate of 149.77

In a memorable match in the 2014 edition of the  IPL, de Villiers smacked his countryman Steyn for 23 runs in one over.

Career Statistics

Full name: Abraham Benjamin de Villiers

Born: February 17, 1984, Pretoria (36)

Major teams: South Africa, Africa XI, Barbados Tridents, Botha XI, Brisbane Heat, Delhi Daredevils, Jacques Kallis Invitational XI, Lahore Qalandars, Middlesex, North Eastern Transvaal, Northerns, Pretoria University, Proteas, Rangpur Riders, Rest of South Africa, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Africa A, South Africa Under-19s, Titans, Tshwane Spartans

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

 

T20I Career (2004-present)

Mat          Inns         NO          Runs        HS           Ave         BF           SR           100         50            4s            6s               Ct            St

78            75            11            1672        79*          26.12       1237        135.16     0             10            140          60            65            7

 

T20 Career

Mat          Inns         NO          Runs        HS           Ave         BF           SR           100          50            4s            6s               Ct            St

310          292          59            8657        133*        37.15      5780        149.77       4            62            697          397           205          17

 

Career highlights

  • Featured in Wisden Cricketers of the Decade at the end of 2019
  • Tied 2nd most T20I caps for South Africa (78)
  • 2nd most T20I runs scored for SA (18th all-time), 1672- avg. 26.12
  • Most T20 WC matches for SA (30)
  • Leading T20 WC runs scorer for SA (5th all-time), 717r- avg. 29.87
  • 8657 T20 runs at 37.15

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