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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).

Thanks for everything, AB de Villiers
Thanks for everything, AB de Villiers

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).

AB de Villiers retires from international cricket
AB de Villiers retires from international cricket

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.