Former South African cricketer AB de Villiers turned 36 on Monday and as expected hashtag #ABDeVilliers was trending on social media platforms. The South African talisman, also known as Mr 360, for his ability to play shots all around the ground had an impeccable impact on world cricket.Also Read - If AB de Villiers is The Best Man For The Job, Then he Must be Part of T20 World Cup: Mark Boucher
Be it his swashbuckling style of batting or his razor-sharp fielding, De Villiers was always in the thick of things during his playing days. Also Read - Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle And AB de Villiers Capable of Hitting Double-Ton in T20s: Yuvraj Singh
In his career spanning 15-odd years, he played some incredible knocks which cannot be forgotten. For example, his 44-ball 149 against West Indies at Johannesburg in 2015. In that match, he slammed his hundred of merely 31 balls, making him the second-fastest to reach the milestone. Also Read - After Mark Boucher, Faf Du Plessis Also Backs AB De Villiers' Return to International Cricket
In the same year, he also smashed a 66-ball 162 against the same opposition at Sydney during the ICC Cricket World Cup. He also has scored the second-fastest ODI ton off merely 31 balls which came against
He is also an extremely popular figure in India as he plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He is also good friends with RCB and India captain Virat Kohli.
On the occasion of his birthday, the Indian skipper took to Twitter to wish him.
In 228 ODIs and 114 Tests, he amassed 9577 and 8765 runs at a staggering average of 53.50 and 50.66. But what stood out in his career was the rate at which he scored the runs. But it is his phenomenal strike rate in ODIs and T20Is that made him a true modern-day cricketer. His strike rate in ODIs was 101.09, whereas, in T20Is, it rose to 135.16.
Mr.360 will soon be seen playing the IPL in India for RCB.