AB de Villiers

Role Wicketkeeper batsman
Bats Right-handed
Bowls Right-arm medium
Nationality South African

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Birth Date 17 February 1984
IPL debut 2008

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 limited-overs 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 out of the jaws of defeat. He unearthed some outrageous shots to incredible effect and in one over, smashed Dale Steyn for 23 – two fours and sixes each – to win RCB a thriller. The menace of de Villiers continued in the next season which led the RCB management to retain him ahead of the 2014 IPL Player Auction.

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