Ab The Autobiography
by AB De Villiers
The autobiography of one of the world s finest ever batsmen.
AB has become the most valuable cricketer on the planet Adam GilchristAB de Villiers is one of the finest batsmen ever to play cricket and yet his achievement extends beyond his outrageous armoury of drives pulls paddles scoops and flicks.Whether he is delighting home crowds at the Wanderers or Newlands or setting new records in Bengaluru or Sydney he plays the game in a whole-hearted manner that projects a positive image of his country around the world and also makes millions of South Africans feel good about themselves.
This is AB s story in his own words. The story of the youngest of three talented sports-mad brothers growing up in Warmbaths of a boy who excelled at tennis rugby and cricket of a youngster who made his international debut at the age of twenty and was then selected in every single test played by South Africa for the next eleven seasons of a batsman who has started to redefine the art being ranked among the world s very best in test ODI and T20.Through all the pyrotechnics and consistency AB has remained a true sportsman – quick to deflect praise swift to praise opponents eager to work hard to embrace the team s next challenge and to relish what he still regards as the huge privilege of representing his country. This is the story of a modern sporting phenomenon.
About The Author
Abraham Benjamin “AB” de Villiers (born 17 February 1984) is a South African cricketer who captains the South African Test and One Day International (ODI) teams, and is regarded the best batsman in the world at present and also one of the best of all time. He holds many batting records, such as the fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODI cricket, the fastest Test century by a South African and the fastest T20I 50 by a South African. He made his international debut in a Test match against England in 2004 and first played a ODI in early 2005. His debut in Twenty20 International cricket came in 2006. As of 2016, he has passed 8,000 runs in both Test and ODI cricket and has a batting average of over fifty in both forms of the game. He began his career as a wicketkeeper-batsman, but later played most often purely as a batsman. He has batted at various positions up and down the order.