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The perfect athlete, AB de Villiers is one of the most gifted cricketers around. AB made his debut in 2004 and immediately showed why he was special with the adaptability in his batting and sublime fielding.
He can switch from classical batting to playing more innovative strokes and that sets him apart from most South African batsmen. On the field AB carries forward the legacy of Jonty Rhodes as one of International cricket's finest fielders and is good enough to play as wicketkeeper for RCB.
de Villiers successfully fought off a slump in form he suffered in 2006-07 to evolve into one of the world's best. His form has been jaw-dropping and he currently is among the top 3 in both the ICC Test and ODI batting rankings and is not too far in the T20 International rankings.
His stint as South African captain saw him handle responsibility superbly and lead SA to comprehensive series wins against Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Topping the Test, ODI and T20I batting rankings alternately since 2013, he hit the fastest ODI 100 and fastest 150 in 2015, both against West Indies, the latter in the World Cup. For RCB, de Villiers has hit many an eye catching innings, even picking up an award for the most power packed knock in the 2012 IPL for his assault on Dale Steyn. He has been a finisher par excellence, hitting a sublime hundred in Mumbai in 2015 and another in Bengaluru against Gujarat Lions in 2016. With Virat Kohli, AB has posted five 100+ partnerships for RCB and two 200+ partnerships, the only pair in the world to post two such partnerships. He made 687 runs in the 2016, finishing third on the runs chart.
Besides cricket, AB is also an avid golfer and a singer with an album, an allrounder even beyond the game
RCB vs DC, Bangalore, 2012
39 runs required off 18 balls. Easy, except that one of the bowlers is Dale Steyn, the best fast bowler in the world.
Nonplussed, AB pulled a short ball into the stands for a huge six to begin before calmly flicking a yorker to run two. A slower ball was expertly placed for a four right between two chasing fielders between deep midwicket and wide long on. Then the showstopper: A screaming yorker was carved over extra cover for a six. AB scooped the fifth ball from outside off over short fine leg for a four before deflecting another short ball to third man to take a single and keep strike.
23 runs from 6 balls against all the magnificent fury Steyn could produce and AB walked off the conqueror. Syed Mohammad hit the winning runs but it was AB de Villiers, unbeaten on 47 off just 17 balls, who won RCB the match.
His 133 against MI is also a standout innings while the 129 to tame the Lions in Green was absolutely breathtaking.
He knows all about what it means to play the Bold style of cricket that RCB are known for so it was no surprise to see the RCB management retain him along with Virat Kohli and Sarfaraz Khan ahead of the VIVO IPL Auction 2018.