AB de Villiers has quietly developed into South Africa’s version of Mr Cricket. Capable of batting anywhere in the line-up, the crafty right-hander reached the top of Test batting, when he topped the charts in March of 2012.
An exceptionally gifted fielder throughout his career, de Villiers has found a new home behind the stumps, after Mark Boucher’s frightening eye injury earlier in 2012.
The likeable South African has had a solid 89 test career, which includes the record for most innings played before being dismissed for a duck.
In a team of absolute superstars, de Villiers is still regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world. His 278* is the second highest score by a South African batsman, while his unbeaten 217 in 2008 was his country’s first double century in India.
De Villiers has had plenty of success playing against Australia, after he scored two centuries in the 2009 home series. He was also named player of the series in the 50 over tournament played between the two sides in the same year.
The 2011 ICC World Cup was a standout month in his already glittering career. De Villiers joined elite company when he became just the fifth batsman to score consecutive centuries in a World Cup tournament.
While de Villiers had dominated, his countrymen had faltered, eventually falling to New Zealand in the quarter-finals. With Graeme Smith stepping down as captain, the red hot AB assumed leadership of South Africa in both the ODI and T20 arena.
Approaching 30 years of age, the classy South African seems the logical choice to take over from Graeme Smith when he eventually relinquishes the captaincy of the Test side.