Some Un-Known Facts About Abraham Benjamin de Villiers
- Does AB de Villiers smoke?: No he never
- Does AB de Villiers drink alcohol?: Yes he will
- AB was raised in a sports-loving home where participation in sports was always encouraged.
- He played a variety of sports as a child, including football, golf, badminton, tennis, squash, swimming, cricket, and rugby, but he became particularly fond of cricket sooner.
- AB de Villiers astonishes with his inventive shot-making, explosive batting, and amazing fielding. He is a real icon who redefines greatness in cricket.
- When he was younger, he liked to pull practical jokes, to the point that he got expelled from school.
- Since they were young kids, AB and Faf du Plessis have been best friends.
- At the age of 20, he made his debut for South Africa following 16 first-class matches.
- He cites Jonty Rhodes, the top fielder in South Africa, as an inspiration.
- He never performed to his potential and was a reckless hitter who could easily throw away a wicket until 2008. Following his mediocre performance in the first Test match at the Lord’s against England in April of 2008, Graeme Smith, the captain of South Africa, and coach Mickey Arthur issued him an ultimatum. AB responded well to the criticism, winning the second Test of the series at Headingley by scoring 174 runs, solidifying his spot in the squad.
- His life revolves around music, and in 2010 he published a bilingual English/African album titled “Maak Jou Drome Waar,” or “Make Your Dreams Come True,” in partnership with singer-songwriter Ampie Du Preez.
- He struck the amazing record for the fastest ODI century, off 31 balls, on January 18, 2015, at the Wanderers in Johannesburg against the West Indies.
- He sobbed on the pitch as South Africa fell to New Zealand in the thrilling World Cup 2015 semifinal. He was unable to control his emotions.
- In 2016, Jonty Rhodes disclosed that AB had considered retiring from Test cricket; however, he was persuaded to reconsider by Cricket South Africa.
- His autobiography, “AB: The Autobiography,” was published in both Afrikaans and English in September 2016.
- Although he set an Under-9 breaststroke record and was the national number one tennis player in his age group throughout his school years, he disclosed in his memoirs that there have been false reports circulated online on his multi-sport prowess and its associated glory.
- His strokes around the cricket ground are so inventive that he has been dubbed “Mr. 360” and “Superman.”
- He is in favor of the “Make a Difference Foundation,” which provides funding to a limited group of South African researchers in several subjects.
He shocked cricket fans everywhere on May 23, 2018, when he announced via video message that he was quitting international cricket, saying he had “run out of gas” or lost the will to play the game.
- He confirmed on social media on October 3, 2022, that he will not be playing cricket again after having surgery on his right eye. He declared,
Next year, I’ll visit Chinnaswamy Stadium. but not for a game of cricket. I want to apologise to the supporters of the Royal Bengal Tigers for not having won the IPL yet. In addition, I wish to thank them for their help during the previous ten years. I’m no longer able to play cricket. since I underwent surgery to treat my right eye”
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