|DOB||17 February 1984|
A delightfully brutal batsman, a more than decent wicket-keeper and an agile fielder that can put an acrobat to shame – there are very few things (if any) that Abraham Benjamin de Villiers cannot do on a cricket field. Yes, he also has two Test wickets to his name. South Africa’s one-day captain was a key player in the Delhi Daredevils’ middle order in the first three editions of the IPL. He was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for USD 1.1 million at the IPL Player Auction 2011. Since then, he has joined hands with Chris Gayle in tearing bowling attacks apart with utter disdain. During the 2012 season, when playing the role of a finisher, he snatched wins from the jaws of defeat. He unearthed some outrageous shots to incredible effect and in one over, smashed Dale Steyn for 23 – hitting him for two fours and two sixes – to win RCB a thriller. The menace of de Villiers continued in the next season which led the RCB management to retain him in their ranks. de Villiers’ most menacing IPL innings came in the 2015 season when he decimated the Mumbai Indians attack at the Wankhede Stadium, smashing an unbeaten 133 in 59 balls.