AB de Villiers: a career in numbers

3 South Africans have scored more than AB de Villiers 8,765 runs in Test cricket Jacques Kallis {13,206}, Graeme Smith {9,253}, and Hashim Amla {8,982}. Of them, only Kallis {55.25} has a better average than de Villiers 50.66 and only Smith {59.7} has a strike rate than his 54.5..

278* 2nd-highest score in South African Test history, by de Villiers against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi in 2010-11. It was the South African record for less than two years before Amla usurped it by scoring 311*..
57.41 de Villiers average as Test wicketkeeper. If one takes Andy Flower {53.70} away, no keeper averages more than 50 for a career aggregate of 400 or more..
11 dismissals for de Villiers in the 2012-13 Test against India {all catches} at Johannesburg, the joint-most in a single Test by any wicketkeeper. Jack Russell had also held 11 catches in a Test..
9 countries where de Villiers averages more than 40, a record bettered by only Sachin Tendulkar, who has done it in 10 countries. Interestingly, the two countries he has missed out in are Bangladesh {average of 33 in 3 innings} and Zimbabwe {7 in 1}..
1 South African has more ODI runs than AB de Villiers 9,427 Kallis {11,550}. However, de Villiers {average 54.17, strike rate 101.3} has numbers far superior to Kallis {average 45.11, strike rate 73.13}..
0 cricketer {other than de Villiers} has scored more than 600 ODI runs with a batting average of 50 and a strike of over 100 {his numbers are 53.50 and 101.1}. He is also the only one to do this away from home {5,583 runs at 54.20, strike rate 100.3}..
0 cricketer {other than de Villiers} has scored more than 400 World Cup runs with a batting average of 60 {not 50} and a strike of over 100 {his numbers are 63.52 and 117.3}..
22 ODI hundreds for de Villiers and all of them have come at strike rates above 100. Nobody has more than 20 hundreds, every one of which has come at over a run a ball..
70.54 de Villiers average as ODI wicketkeeper. Nobody with over 100 runs as keeper averages remotely close. .
16 balls needed by de Villiers to reach his fifty against West Indies in the Pink ODI of 2014-15 at Johannesburg, the fastest in history. He broke the record of Sanath Jayasuriya {17 balls}..
31 balls needed by de Villiers to reach his hundred in the same match against West Indies, the fastest in history. He broke the record of Corey Anderson {36 balls} by a significant margin. This is also the fastest List A hundred..
64 balls needed by de Villiers to reach his 150 against West Indies at Sydney in the 2015 World Cup, the fastest in history. He broke the record of Shane Watson {83 balls} by a huge margin..
200 ODI sixes for de Villiers, the most for South Africa and the 6th-most in ODI history. Shahid Afridi heads the list with 351, but nobody else has hit more than 270..
338.6 de Villiers strike rate in the Johannesburg match {149 in 44} against West Indies, where he had scored the fastest fifty and hundred. This is the best strike rate for anyone who had faced more than 10 balls in an innings..
0 captain, other than de Villiers, has led them to a victory in a World Cup knockout match. AB led them to a win over Sri Lanka in the 2015 quarter-final at Sydney..
1,629 T20 International runs for de Villiers, the 2nd-most for South Africa. Only JP Duminy {1,822} has more..
72 T20I dismissals for de Villiers {65 catches, 7 stumpings}, the 2nd-most in history. He is behind only MS Dhoni s 78 {49 catches, 29 stumpings}..
65 T20I catches for de Villiers, the most in history. Nobody else has even 50..
44 T20I catches for de Villiers as a specialist fielder, the joint-most in history. Ross Taylor also has 44..



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