South Africa has some amazing sportsmen and women across all disciplines and AB de Villiers can be counted among them.
The cricketer is known for his impressive batting skills and is ranked as one of the best in the world.
Briefly.co.za with the help of thesouthafrican.com out together this list of nine interesting facts about one the Proteas best batsman.
1. What does the AB stand for?
His full name is a bit of a mouthful, Abraham Benjamin de Villiers and as you can see AB rolls off the tongue far easier.
2. AB has broken more speed records that Usain Bolt.
He scored the fastest half-century and century in one game against the West Indies in 2015. Scoring 50 off 16 balls and 100 of only 31 balls.
He topped it with single-handedly scoring 150 off 64 balls a month later against the Windies. He is also the fastest man to reach 9,000 ODI runs.
3. He has amazing stats
He has scored 10,262 runs, 46 international centuries, played 416 games for South Africa. His batting averages are 49.92 in test matches and 53.5 in ODIs. He has taken 252 catches as wicketkeeper and stumped 17 batsmen. He is a legend.
4. Cricket wasn't his only option
He loved golf, tennis, and rugby. He was skilled at all sports but cricket had a special place in his heart for him.
5. Its duck season... sometimes
AB has a strange pattern of ducks, he is the highest scoring batsman to never go out in a duck in test matches but recorded the most ducks in one series (4) during the 2007 ICC World Cup.
6. He can bowl... sometimes
Despite spending most of his time behind the stumps as wickie keeper or in front of the stumps as a batsman he does occasionally bowl and is actually quite good. Good enough to bag nine international scalps.
7. His has a musician's soul
He has released his own 14-track album and is skilled with the guitar.
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8. He's been rewarded for his hard work
He has been awarded Man of the Match in 39 international games
9. AB as some flaws
He supports Manchester United.
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