AB de Villiers’ international career in numbers

Much to the disappointment of cricket fans, AB de Villiers on Tuesday confirmed that he won't be coming out of international retirement.

Sudharshan SridharanAuthor

Updated - 19 May 2021 12:00 PM


The South African star batsman AB de Villiers, who announced his retirement in 2018 was expected to get back on the big stage during the T20 World Cup. But much to the disappointment of cricket fans, AB de Villiers on Tuesday confirmed that he won't be coming out of international retirement though he will continue to play for RCB in IPL. De Villers, who was fondly called Mr.360, has played a phenomenal role for the South African team with his versatile batting. In his career which spans over 13 years, he was able to smash more than 20,000 runs in international cricket.

Let us have a look at his remarkable career in numbers

- AB de Villiers is the 5th highest run-scorer in World Cup events overall after Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara and Brian Lara. He has played only 3 World Cups in his career and in all of those, he scored an ODI century against the West Indies team.

Highest batting avg in WC's (Minimum 20 matches):

AB de Villiers - 63.52*
M.Clarke - 63.42
Viv Richards - 63.31
Rahul Dravid - 61.42
Faf du Plessis - 57.87

- In 2008, AB de Villiers smashed 217* vs India in Ahmedabad while batting at number 6 position

Highest Test score while batting at number 6 (or) lower position in away (or) neutral venue :

Ben Stokes - 258 vs SA in Cape Town, 2016
Kevin Walters - 250 vs NZ in Christchurch, 1977
AB de Villiers - 217* vs Ind in Ahmedabad, 2008

- In December 2008, South Africa chased down 414 runs in the 4th innings of Test match which is the 2nd highest overall. AB de Villiers' 106* in 4th innings helped SA to defeat Australia at Perth. 

- AB de Villiers is the only South African batsman to have a 50-plus batting average in ODIs. (Min 1000 ODI runs). He has smashed 9427 runs for South Africa at a batting average of 54.17 with a 100-plus Strike Rate.

- In 2010, AB de Villiers smashed 278* vs Pakistan, Abu Dhabi. That remained to be the highest score by a South African batsman in Test Cricket until Hashim Amla's 311* vs England during 2012.

- AB de Villiers was the number 1 ODI batsman in ICC rankings at the end of the year 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016. Despite tough competition from Virat Kohli and Hashim Amla, he managed to keep himself at the number 1 ranking.  He has won ICC ODI player award thrice in 2010, 2014 & 2015.

- He captained the South Africa limited overs side from 2012-2017. He became only the third SA player to captain 100-plus ODI (103) matches and ended up winning 59 matches as skipper. Has a good win ratio of 57.28%.
- In 2015, De Villiers entered record books for smashing the fastest ODI fifty, ODI century and also the fastest ODI 150 in the same match against West Indies.

-  AB de Villiers as Wicket-keeper in international cricket made 219 dismissals from 130 innings with an impressive dismissal /innings rate of 1.684, which is the 2nd most for a Proteas player after Quinton de Kock. (Criteria :- Minimum 30 innings as wicket-keeper)

- In 2018, he became only the second SA batsman after Jacques Kallis to complete 20,000 runs in international cricket.


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