AB de Villiers Height, Weight, Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More


AB de Villiers

Full NameAbraham Benjamin de Villiers
Nickname(s)ABD, Mr. 360
ProfessionCricketer (Batsman and Wicket-keeper)
Famous ForHitting shots 360 degrees around the cricket ground
AB de Villiers 360 degree shots
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 180 cm
in meters- 1.80 m
in feet inches- 5’ 11”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)- Chest: 40 inches
- Waist: 14 inches
- Biceps: 32 inches
Eye ColourBlue
Hair ColourGolden Brown
International DebutODI- 2 February 2005 against England at Bloemfontein
Test- 17 December 2004 against England at Port Elizabeth
T20- 24 February 2006 against Australia at Johannesburg
Jersey Number#17 (South Africa)
#17 (Domestic)
Domestic/State TeamAfrica XI, Barbados Tridents, Delhi Daredevils, Northerns, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Titans
Coach/MentorDean Botes
Favourite ShotPull shot
Records (main ones)• The 2nd youngest and 2nd fastest South African to reach 1,000 Test runs, after Graeme Pollock.
• He holds the record of hitting the fastest 50 & 100 in an ODI.
• Record of reaching 7000 runs in minimum ODI matches.
• Holds the record of hitting maximum sixes in an ODI inning along with Rohit Sharma.
• Record of the fastest ODI 150, off 64 balls, in February 2015.
• Record of the fastest ODI century, off 31 balls, against West Indies in January 2015.
Awards/Achievements 2010: ICC ODI Player of the Year
AB de Villiers - ODI player of the Year 2010
2014: ICC ODI Player of the Year, South African Cricketer of the Year
AB de Villiers - ICC ODI Player of the Year 2014
2015: ICC ODI Player of the Year, South African Cricketer of the Year, Cricketers' Cricketer of the Year, SA Fan's Cricketer of the Year, So Good Award
AB de Villiers - ICC ODI Player of the Year 2015
Career Turning PointHis performance for the Titans in the 2003-04 season, after which he was selected in the South African Test squad against the visiting team England.
Personal Life
Date of Birth17 February 1984
Age (as in 2018)34 Years
BirthplaceBela-Bela, South Africa
Zodiac sign/Sun signAquarius
Signature AB de Villiers signature
NationalitySouth African
HometownPretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
SchoolWarmbaths Primary School, Bela-Bela
Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Afrikaans Boys' High School), Pretoria
Educational QualificationHigh School graduate
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
AddressA bungalow in Durban, South Africa
HobbiesSinging, Travelling, Swimming, Golfing
ControversiesIn April 2015, when AB was the ODI skipper of South Africa, an alleged quota controversy propelled after South Africa lost to New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup semi-final. South Africa's high-performance coach Mike Horn admitted that the team management was forced to select Vernon Philander in place of the in-form Kyle Abbott during the World Cup to meet the quota targets.
Girls, Affairs & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affair/GirlfriendDanielle de Villiers (Social Worker)
Marriage Date30 March 2013
AB de Villiers wedding pic
Wife/SpouseDanielle de Villiers (m. 2013-present)
AB de Villiers with his wife
ChildrenSons- Abraham de Villiers (born in 2015), John Richard de Villiers (born in 2017)
AB de Villiers with his wife and sons
Daughter- None
ParentsFather- Abraham B de Villiers
Mother- Millie De Villiers
AB de Villiers' parents
SiblingsBrothers- Jan de Villiers (Elder), Wessels de Villiers (Elder)
AB de Villiers with his brothers
Sister- None
Favourite Things
Favourite Cricketer(s)Batsman- Virat Kohli
Bowler- Gerrit Deist, Wasim Akram
Jonty Rhodes
Fielder- Jonty Rhodes
Favourite Cricket GroundSuperSport Park is a cricket ground in Centurion, South Africa
Favourite Football TeamManchester United F.C.
Favourite Athlete(s)Roger Federer (Tennis), Tiger Woods (Golf)
Favourite Food(s)Pasta, Sea food
Favourite BeverageRed wine
Favourite ActorBrad Pitt
Favourite ActressKate Beckinsale
Favourite Film(s)Gladiator, A River Runs Through It
Favourite TV ShowThe Voice SA
Favourite BandSnow Patrol
Style Quotient
Cars CollectionAudi Q7, BMW X5
Money Factor
Salary (as in 2018)Retainer Fee- $363,000
Test Fee- $6,925
ODI Fee- $1,900
T20 Fee- $911
IPL 11- $2.21 million or ₹11 crore
Net Worth (approx.)$20 million

AB de Villiers

Some Lesser Known Facts About AB de Villiers

  • Does AB de Villiers smoke?: No
  • Does AB de Villiers drink alcohol?: Yes
  • AB was born into a sports-loving family, who always encouraged him to play sports. AB de Villiers childhood pic
  • As a kid, he used to play various sports, such as- cricket, badminton, tennis, squash, swimming, football, golf, and rugby, but sooner he developed a fondness for cricket. AB de Villiers in school days
  • He was a prankster as a kid and was once expelled from the school for playing pranks.
  • AB and Faf du Plessis have been best friends since childhood. AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis
  • After playing 16 first-class games, he made his debut for South Africa at the age of 20.
  • He considers South African ace fielder, Jonty Rhodes, as his inspiration.
  • Until 2008, he used to be a rash batsman who could easily throw away his wicket and was not playing up to his caliber. In April 2008, after his average performance in the 1st Test against England at the Lord’s, the South African skipper Graeme Smith and coach Mickey Arthur gave him an ultimatum. AB took the criticism positively and scored a match-winning 174 runs in the 2nd Test of the series in Headingley and cemented his place in the team.
  • Music is an integral part of his life and in 2010 he collaborated with singer and songwriter Ampie Du Preez, and released a bi-lingual English/ Afrikaans album called ‘Maak Jou Drome Waar’ or  ‘Make Your Dreams Come True.’

  • On 18 January 2015, he set the breathtaking fastest ODI century record, off 31 balls, against West Indies at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

  • He couldn’t stop his tears from coming out and cried on the field when South Africa lost in the nail-biting World Cup 2015 semi-final match against New Zealand.

  • Jonty Rhodes once revealed that AB wanted to retire from Test cricket in 2016 but Cricket South Africa urged him not to retire.
  • In September 2016, he released his autobiography “AB: The Autobiography” in English and Afrikaans. AB de Villiers - AB...The Autobiography
  • There have been fake stories on the internet about his multi-sport talent and glories related to it, but in his autobiography, he revealed that during his school days, he set an Under-9 breaststroke record, and was national No.1 in tennis, in his age group, nothing else he has achieved in other sports than cricket.
  • Because of his highly innovative shots around the cricket ground, he has earned nicknames like “Mr. 360” and “Superman.”

  • He supports ‘Make a Difference Foundation’ that supports selected scholars from different fields in South Africa.
  • On 23 May 2018, he left the cricket fans all over the world stunned after announcing his decision to retire from international cricket, via a video message, stating that he had “run out of gas” or he had lost energy to play cricket.