AB De Villiers

Proteas blitz shoddy Windies by 257 runs in WC tie

Proteas blitz shoddy Windies by 257 runs in WC tie

Sydney, Feb 27 : Swashbuckling skipper AB de Villiers struck the fastest ever 150 runs in ODI history off 64 balls as he anchored South Africa to record a 257-run victory over the West Indies in their World Cup Pool B tie in Sydney.

Opting to bat first, South Africa piled up an imposing target of 408, thanks to De Villiers' unbeaten 162-run knock and constructive knocks from Hashim Amla (65), Faf du Plessis (62) and Rilee Rossouw (61).

In the process, De Villiers, who has been named as the Man-of-the-Match, also hit the second fastest World Cup ton off just 52 deliveries.

South Africa suffered an early blow in the form of Quinton de Kock after he was dismissed for 12 runs off a Jason Holder's delivery.

De Villiers claims Proteas will try to shun 'losers' tag and win 2015 CWC

AB De Villiers

Johannesburg, Feb 08 - South Africa cricket team captain AB De Villiers has claimed that being told not to return home as 'losers' by their country's sports minister merely reflects the passionate desire of all the people in their nation for a maiden Cricket World Cup triumph.

South Africa's Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula created a stir earlier this week when he said at the team's official departure that they did not want them to be at the World Cup to add numbers and just become a bunch of losers.

De Villiers said that their country of South Africa expects a lot from their sports people, and added that they are expected to come there and win the tournament, Sport24 reported.

Cricket fraternity lauds 'superhuman' De Villiers' fastest ODI ton against Windies

AB de VilliersJohannesburg, Jan 19 : South Africa ODI captain AB de Villiers' swashbuckling fastest every one-day ton in 31 balls against the West Indies at The Wanderers on Sunday has been on the receiving end of an overwhelming response from the cricketing fraternity.

De Villiers' batting partner Hashim Amla, who hit 153 not out, said that the skipper said he was going to have a look for one over but hit his first six balls for 24, adding that he is an amazing player.

AB willing to bat down order for team's win

AB willing to bat down order for team's winJohannesburg, November 21 : South African captain AB de Villiers has expressed that he is willing to bat down the order in order to ensure that his team wouldn't lose in case of a batting collapse.

De Villiers admitted that having enough experience, he would like to push himself down to make sure that they would have a good chance of winning the game at the end. He further said that ideally they wouldn't like to have such situations but such plans could possibly save them from getting bowled out, Sport24 reported.

Boucher hails De Villiers as world's 'best batsman' in all formats

Mark-BoucherJohannesburg, Aug 9 : Former South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has branded AB de Villiers as the best batsman in the world at the moment.

Boucher, who is a former teammate of De Villiers, said that any time the batsman gets a 100, it is going to be difficult to stop South Africa from winning, and added that that is why he is the best batsmen in the world, in all formats of the game.

A passionate conservationist, Boucher recently attended the announcement of the joint venture between the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy programme and the Blue Bulls, in an effort to bolster the fight against rhino poaching, Sport24 reported.

AB de Villiers named South African Cricketer of the Year

AB de VilliersJohannesburg: AB de Villiers dominated the Cricket South Africa Awards banquet by bagging four awards, including Cricketer of the Year 2014, here on Wednesday evening.

De Villiers was also named Test Cricketer of the Year, was recognised by his peers as SA Players? Player of the Year and by popular vote of the public, SA Fans` Cricketer of the Year.

The only award for which De Villiers was nominated but did not win was the ODI Player of the Year which went to Quinton de Kock, who scored four centuries in the period under review including three in consecutive innings.

De Villiers, Amla vie for Test captaincy

AB-de-Villiers-Hashim-AmlaJohannesburg: Star batsmen AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla are the leading candidates to succeed Graeme Smith as South Africa`s Test captain. Cricket South Africa`s board meets in Johannesburg Tuesday to make what is seen as a crucial decision after a decade of Smith at the helm.

Smith captained South Africa in a world-record 109 Tests before announcing his retirement during the third and final Test against Australia last March. The national selectors will table their recommendation for the captaincy, but the final decision will be made by the board.

IPL: AB carries RCB to thrilling win

AB de VilliersBangalore, May 5 - South African star Abraham Benjamin de Villiers smashed a brilliant 41-ball 89 not out (8x6, 4x4) to help Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets and a ball to spare in the IPL-7 match here Sunday.

After Sunrisers, asked to bat first, made 155 for five, thanks to a 62-run partnership between skipper and opener Shikhar Dhawan (37, 36b, 4x4) and David Warner (61, 49b, 4x4, 3x6), de Villiers guided RCB to their third win in six outings with a memorable knock that underlined his status as one of the best T20 batsmen in world cricket.

De Villiers unsure of taking over as Test captain

ab-de-villiersCape Town, March 5 : World's No. 1 batsman AB de Villiers is not sure he would take over as the South African Test captain succeeding Graeme Smith, who will be retiring from international cricket after the third and the final Test against Australia.

De Villiers is the obvious choice to take charge of the world's top-ranked Test side but he remains unsure.

De Villiers, who is the Test vice-captain and ODI captain, said he will have to take a call after a discussion with coach Russel Domingo.

De Villiers says Proteas seeking to arrest `dismal` Durban `run` during second Test against India

AB de VilliersJohannesburg, Dec 25  : South African vice-captain AB de Villiers has said that the team will seek to arrest a dismal Durban run of four straight defeats at Kingsmead when they host India in the second and final test on Thursday, following their epic draw in Johannesburg.

The hosts are at loss to explain their miserable run at one of the country's premier Test grounds, where they have not won since beating West Indies in 2008, while Australia, England, India and Sri Lanka have all enjoyed handsome triumphs in Durban over the world's top ranked Test team since then.

De Villiers regains top spot in ICC ODI rankings

AB-de-VilliersDubai, Dec 12 : South Africa captain AB de Villiers has regained the number one rank in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen as he moved up one place thanks to some brilliant performances in the three-match series against India which ended Wednesday.

The latest rankings update were released Thursday, a day after the final match in the series was washed out to hand the home team a 2-0 series win.

The series win resulted in a number of South Africa players making a move in the right direction in both the batting and bowling lists.

AB de Villiers says `Proteas not underdogs`

AB de VilliersJohannesburg, Dec. 5  : Proteas captain AB de Villiers has reportedly said that his team is by no means underdogs, as they prepare to bat it out against India, ranked the best ODI side in the world, at the Wanderers on Thursday.

De Villiers said that on the home ground they have the skills to counter India, for whom it will be a different scenario playing in the South African conditions.

According to Sports24, the Proteas, ranked fifth in the ODI rankings, are fresh off a 2-1 series loss to Pakistan, while India has two consecutive series victories over Australia and the West Indies.

Kohli, De Villiers 'in tussle' for No.1 spot on ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen

Kohli De VilliersIslamabad, Nov 19  : Indian batting star Virat Kohli and South African ODI captain AB de Villiers are reportedly locked in a battle for the number-one batting position on the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen.

With only eight rating points separating number-one ranked Kohli from de Villiers, the forthcoming series between South Africa and India offers both of them with an opportunity to either retain or reclaim the top position.

De Villiers says consistent Proteas squad key to ODI, T20 glory

AB-de-VilliersJohannesburg, Mar 1 : AB de Villiers has claimed constant squad rotation in South Africa''s limited-over squads is affecting their performance in the one-day and Twenty20 formats.

De Villiers admitted that the Proteas are finding it difficult to match their global Test stature in Twenty20 cricket because of the limited amount of time they spend together and constant squad rotation in the short format, Sport24 reports.

AB De Villiers positive for South African future

AB-de-VilliersA strong performance by South Africa in tests and a decent performance in the first ODI had kept the South African team all upbeat until the Superman from India Sachin Tendulkar first dived to stop the all important boundary and then with an unbelievable knock of 200 not out that clinched the series win for India. The South Africans still have a lot of positives to take home from the series.

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