AB de viliers is the most versatile batsman across all formats. When in form, de viliers has the ability to destroy any bowling attack. Due to his ability to plat strokes all around he is known as mr 360. He began his career as a wicket-keeper/batsman, but he has played most often as a batsman. He could bat at various positions in batting order.
He is known as one of the most innovative batsmen in the modern cricket, de viliers is konwn for the many unorthodox shots behind the wickets. He is also the only batsman in ODIs to have completed a trio of 5000+ runs with 50+ average and 100+ strike rate in his career.
Debut in ODI
His supreme ability caught the eyes of selectors as he was selected in international squad when he was only 20-year old. He made his ODI debut on 02 Feb 2005 versus England in oval.
AB De viliers captained South Africa in all formats, but due to his injuries, he stepped down from test captaincy and continued in ODI and T20.
World cup 2015 performance
During the 2015 WC, in the match against West indies, he scored 162 runs off 66 balls leading the team to their second highest total in world cup history (408) at the Sydney cricket ground. With this landmark he also became the record holder for the fastest 50, 100, and 150 in the ODI history. He amassed 482 runs in the tournament and was the third highest run-scorer overall.
He holds the records for the fastest 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls) of all time in one day internationals by any batsmen. He has been awarded ICC ODI player of the year three times in 2010, 2014 and 2015.
He was daredevil’s highest run-scorer, with 465 runs at an average of 51.66. A below average season followed in 2010 and that led to daredevils parting ways with dashing batsman. The royal challengers saw an opportunity and swooped down to get their target man, happy to break the bank with a 1.1 million dollars deal.
A crowd puller, AB combined combined with India’s captain, Virat kohli to lead RCB’s challenge. He finished the leading run-getter for his franchise for three seasons and was a constant name in the top three run scorers, ever since joining in 2011. his versatility made him one of the best batsman – across all the formats of the game.
On May 23, 2018, with just a year to go for the 2019 world cup, AB de Viliers announced a shock retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.
Keeping the above facts in mind we can say that this legend will missed by the South Africa in the upcoming world cup.