Ab de Villiers, widely regarded as one of the most brutal batsmen in world cricket, turns 33 today and wishes are pouring from all over the world for this modern-day cricket’s Superman. The stylish right-hander is regarded as one of South Africa’s (even the World’s) best batsman ever and he has done justice to the title, every time he has entered the ground and his batting records further proves the statement.
Ab de Villiers is undoubtedly the King of One Day Internationals as he holds the record of fastest fifty (16), fastest hundred (31) and fastest 150 (64) in ODIs. Further, he holds the record of hitting the most number of sixes in an ODI innings and is also the fastest player to reach 8000 runs in the same format.
What’s more? Well, it’s not just about limited overs format, Ab de Villiers has also played some incredible innings in Test cricket and from saving his team from a loss to taking the game for an impossible draw while playing defensive, he has proved time and time again of being a perfect complete package.
However, Ab de Villiers suffered from a lengthy lay-off due to an elbow injury and ended up skipping the test series against England and New Zealand. But, he is an integral part of the limited overs side and received the best of gifts when South Africa defeated New Zealand at the Kiwis’ own backyard in the T20I played between the two sides on his 33rd birthday. De Villiers played a convincing inning of 26 and his team ended up registering a total of 186, against which New Zealand kneel down after scoring only 107 runs.
A player like him, leaves a bulk of fans wherever he plays and same is the case with Ab de Villiers. On his 33rd Birthday, de Villiers received wishes from his colleagues and fans. Here are the Tweets that came for the 360-degree player.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 17, 2017
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 17, 2017
When it comes to unorthodox shots, very few people can ace it like @ABdeVilliers17. Happy birthday Mr. 360°, have a splendid one!
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 17, 2017
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) February 17, 2017
— Nafees Belim (@BelimNafees) February 16, 2017
— Bandana Proteas ABD Adhikari (Tutu) 🍀 (@sparklingtutu17) February 16, 2017
— Roshan Bhondekar (@roshan_b) February 17, 2017
— Online VSP FC (@VspOnline) February 17, 2017
— Nafees Belim (@BelimNafees) February 17, 2017
— Playo (@PlayoApp) February 17, 2017
— South African Heroes (@SA_Heroes) February 17, 2017
— Azar (@AzAzaruddin) February 17, 2017
After quit from the Test Captaincy, while recovering from his injury, the left-handed batsman is planning a return to the longest format in the home series against India and Australia by the end of 2017-18 season. He will also play an integral part for the South African team during the upcoming Champions Trophy and will then focus on the 2019 World Cup.