15 lesser known facts about ‘Absolutely Brilliant’ De Villiers

We all know AB De Villiers as brilliant Wicket-Keeper, South Africa’s star batsman, has scored fastest ton in One-day Internatiional against West Indies off just 31 balls and ofcourse now Royal Challengers Bangalore’s big-hitter. Here are the 15 lesser known facts about ‘Absolutely Brilliant’ De Villiers.

Hockey Player

He made it to the shortlist of South Africa’s junior national hockey team.

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Football Player

He was shortlisted for South Africa’s junior national football team.

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National Rugby Player

AB de Villiers was captain of South Africa’s junior national rugby team.

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Swimming Records

There are six South African school swimming records in his name.

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Brilliant Wicket-Keeper

He is a wicket keeper and has 185 and 145 dismissals in tests and one-day.

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Junior Athlete

AB de Villiers holds the record in the 100m dash in South Africa’s junior athletics.

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Tennis Player

Once he was a member of South Africa’s junior Davis Cup tennis team.

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Badminton Champion

Even he titled as South Africa’s U-19 national badminton champion.

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Most Sixes in World Cup

AB de Villiers holds the record for the most sixes in Cricket World Cup (37 sixes) along with Chris Gayle.

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Golf Player

As a Golf player his average score for a round of golf is par or better.

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Received National medal from Nelson Mandela

AB de Villiers is a recipient of the prestigious national medal from the Late Nelson Mandela for a science project.

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Fastest to reach 7K runs in ODIs

AB de Villiers is the fastest player to reach 7000 runs in One Day Internationals.

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He sung,”Show them who you are”

He even released a song titled ‘Show them who you are’, which became really popular and was sung as an anthem when South Africa triumphed against Australia in 2009.

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ICC Award in 2014

He was named ICC ODI Player of the year 2014.

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Unique Record

AB de Villiers holds the record for most Test innings without registering a duck (78), before being dismissed for a duck against Bangladesh in November 2008.

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