Abraham Benjamin de Villiers or simply ABD is a name always taken regardless of him playing or not. Thanks to his batting and fielding exploits in the past few years, he has become a household name in every cricket playing nation. A wicketkeeper-batsman, ABD holds a plethora of batting records and is expected to add to his tally since he is just 32.
Also known by the moniker ‘Mr.360’, he justifies this title both on the field and off it. He stamps his authority on the 22 yards by playing shots all around the ground, out of which many defy logic and sometimes, gravity.
When he is off the field, he indulges in a lot of other sports and activities. He has his own music album ‘Maak Jou Drome Waar’. While in school, ABD showed traits of being an allrounder by getting shortlisted for South Africa’s junior national hockey and football teams. He currently holds six South African school swimming records and the record for the 100 m dash in South African junior athletics. He was a member of the South African junior Davis Cup team and was also South Africa’s U-19 badminton champion. He also has a golf handicap of scratch or zero.
One would think that being proficient in sports comes at the cost of your academic performance but as we all know, this doesn’t apply to de Villiers. He is a recipient of a National Science Medal for a science project, awarded to him by none other than the Late Nelson Mandela.
ABD is one of the few sportspersons in the world who have a global fan following irrespective of the team they root for. Even when South Africa plays India in India, you can hear chants of his name all around the ground.
As mentioned, he’s just 32 and given his rich vein of form, bowlers around the world are under the constant threat of a mauling. ABD is unstoppable at the moment and is truly one of the greatest sportspersons the world has ever seen.