There are so many players who have contributed to their teams by skills, patience and hard working. But very few have the ability to entertain. Abraham Benjamin De-Villiers, simply known as ABD Villiers is one of them.
Cricket is a gentlemen’s game and ABD Villiers is the smartest and undoubtedly the gentlest cricketer in this modern cricket era. Though his cricketing ability is far enough to justify his greatness, his human nobility makes him a genuine all-rounder to all over the cricket loving people. So very easily, his sudden retirement comes to every cricket fans as a bolt from the blue.
AB started his test cricket journey in 2004 against England and first played his ODI in early 2005 against the same opponent. Despite scoring 8,765 runs in 114 test matches and 9,577 runs in 228 ODI matches, having an average of over 50 runs in both forms. AB is mostly known by some of his innovative unorthodox shots. These unbelievable shots behind the wicket-keepers and slips have made him Mr. 360 to the fans and supporters.
Although AB started his career as a middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper, he can bowl too. He has 7 ODI (4 in 2015 world cup) and 2 test wickets in his short bowling career. Besides he has the record of most dismissals in a match with 11 wickets behind the wicket. That is why he is known as the perfect all-rounder over the cricket world.
Three times ICC best player winner ABD Villiers has a unique world record of the fastest 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls) in one-day internationals. He also holds the record of the second highest individual score with unbeaten 278 runs as a South African batsman. His record of most test innings (78) without registering a duck is still untouchable. AB’s 398 catches in his test and ODI career proves his fielding excellence.
AB had been playing for DD and RCB in the IPL and earned huge Indian followers as well. He is one of the most successful batsmen in the IPL history with scoring three hundred in that tournament.
Moreover, AB leads a colorful life. He proposed to his girlfriend in front of Taz Mahal in 2012 and got married in 2013. The couple has two sons. ABD Villiers is also a good guitar player and singer. He released a bilingual pop album with some of his friends in 2010.
As a team, South Africa always slips in the big tournament. They are the opposite name of tragedy in cricket. So ABD Villiers has no international trophy for his team except some bilateral series’ trophies. But the devotion of AB for this game has made him one of the most lovable cricketers in the world.
For that reason, the supporters and fans are crying by hearing his retirement. But with due respect to his decision, we all should pray for his happy off-the-field life and thanks him for all of his entertainment.