One of the biggest and outstanding cricketer AB De Villiers has taken retirement from international cricket. The South African batsman took to Twitter and announced his retirement. Check out how the cricket world reacted. He is one of the most feared batsmen of all time. He is one of the batsmen who the opposition wants to get rid of. Besides that, he is one of the most hardworking and most gifted sportsmen of all time. You may be aware of his records in the field of cricket, but there is much more about him that makes him special. Let us take a look at some of the lesser-known facts about Ab De Villiers.
1. Scored Fastest ODI Century
AB De Villiers is also known as Mr. 360. He got the nickname as he can hit the ball in any area. He broke Corey Anderson’s record when he scored a century in just 31 balls. Anderson took 36 balls to score his century.
2. 17 Is His Lucky Number
ABD wears jersey no. 17. He considers it a lucky number as he was born on 17 February 1984.
3. Fastest Half-Century
AB also holds the record of scoring the fastest half-century in ODI matches. He completed his half-century in just 16 balls and eventually smashed the previous record of 17 balls which was held by Sanath Jayasuriya.
4. His First Job Was To Carry Drinks
ABD started playing cricket at a very small age. His brothers used to play cricket and he was too young to play with them. They assigned a job to him which was to carry drinks for them when they played cricket in the backyard of their house. He had to wait for his turn to bat for a very long time. He debuted for South Africa at the age of 20.
5. Double Century Against India
On 4 April 2008, De Villiers became the first South African to score a double century against India with his top score of 217.