Popularly known as Mr. 360, AB de Villiers turned 37 today. Several Indian cricketers including Virat Kohli and KL Rahul extended birthday wishes to the South African cricketer. AB de Villiers might have retired from international cricket but continues to showcase his cricketing prowess in domestic T20 leagues across the world.
One of the best batsmen and among the most phenomenal fielders of the current era, AB de Villiers’ records speak for itself. His decision to retire from international cricket in May 2018 took everyone by surprise as many believed he still had a lot of cricket left in him.
AB de Villiers boasts of impressive numbers in international cricket across formats. In 114 Tests, he has 8765 runs to his name, averaging 50.7. Besides, he has represented South Africa in 228 ODIs, scoring 9577 runs at an average of 53.5.
On his 37th Birthday, we look at 10 records held by Mr 360 in International Cricket:
1. AB de Villiers is the only South African cricketer to have won ICC ODI Cricketer of the year award thrice in his international career.
2. The swashbuckling batsman holds the record for hitting the fastest half-century in ODI cricket. He recorded the feat against West Indies in 2014. He scored his half-century off just 16 balls.
3. AB De Villiers also holds the record for hitting fastest century in ODIs. He scored a century in just 31 balls against West Indies in 2015.
4. He also hit the fastest 150 in ODIs, achieving the feat in just 64 balls in the World Cup 2015.
5. AB de Villiers has the most number of appearances (169) for an overseas player in Indian Premier League.
6. AB de Villiers has won the most number of Man of the Match awards in Indian Premier League. Sitting at the top of the list, AB de Villiers has 23 MOM awards to his name.
7. de Villiers is the only batsman to have hit 8 centuries in 75 balls or less, the most by any player in ODIs.
8. AB de Villiers holds the record for hitting the most number of sixes in a calendar year as captain. He hit 58 sixes as captain in 2015.
9. AB de Villiers has the second most number of runs behind Jacques Kallis in international cricket. In 415 matches, he scored 19864 runs at an average of 48.33.
10. An acrobatic fielder, de Villiers holds the record for picking the most catches in a single season of IPL. In the 2016 season, he beat David Miller’s record of most catches in an IPL season (14) as he took a whopping 19 catches in 16 games.
Happy birthday AB de Villiers!