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AB de Villier birthday specail: One of cricket’s most complete batsman turns 33

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He is the fastest T20 and ODI batsman in the world. Why? Because he has made the fastest fifty in T20, the fastest century in ODIs and 150 runs. Yes we are talking. South African batsman AB de Villiers Today,One of cricket’s most complete batsmen was born on this day.Abraham Benjamin de Villiers, commonly known as ABD turned 33 on Saturday. While De Villiers would have wanted to celebrate the occasion with a win, it did not turn out as he would have wished as Team India led by Virat Kohli, thrashed the Proteas 5-1 in the ODI series. Over the years the explosive batsman has earned praise for his strokeplay and ability to take his respective side to victory. He is also the proud owner of the record of being the quickest to reach fifty, hundred and 150 runs in ODI’s – all at the same time. His stunning abilities with the bat has earned him widespread applause from fans and peers across the world.

He has a fine array of skills that make him in equal measure a match-saver and a match-winner. That he is equally adept at playing Tests, ODIs and T20s and still have an immense impact on the game tells volumes about his ability. de Villiers also is the quintessential team man, taking up captaincy duties, keeping duties whenever the team needs. He is also an electric fielder, known for taking spell-binding catches and effecting nigh-impossible run outs and saves. All this makes him, arguably, the best player of his generation. That is something even his contemporaries agree on. Former England skipper Michael Vaughan had said, “AB de Villiers is a definition of a cricketing genius.” Current India captain Virat Kohli had lauded De Villiers by saying, “AB de Villiers is the best batsman in the world by far. He shows it again and again.”He is the most valuable player on the planet,” chimed in Adam Gilchrist.
But the biggest compliment for him came from his South Africa team-mate, IPL opponent and the world’s most feared fast bowler – Dale Steyn” Let’s take a look at some of the records ABD holds.


One of cricket’s most complete batsmen, de Villiers rewrote history books as he went on to slam the fastest ODI century ((31 balls) in history during the Pink ODI against West Indies in Johannesburg in 2015. Interestingly, he has scored all his 25 ODI centuries at a strike rate of more than 100.

De Villiers lit up the 2015 World Cup when he notched up the fastest 150 in ODI history at the SCG. He reached the 150-mark off just 63 balls.

Easily one of cricket’s most entertaining cricketers, ABD is also the proud owner of the record for fastest 50. Displaying an array of skills he slammed 50 in just 16 balls

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