AB De Villiers is one of the most popular cricketers in the world and rightfully so. Over the last decade and a half, the former South African skipper has jotted his name down in the history books as one of the all-time great limited-overs bastmen. He can literally hit bowlers anywhere in the park and hence is widely known as “Mr 360 degree”.
With a number of unorthodox shots in his arsenal, AB is one of the best finishers in world cricket history.
Besides being named as one of the Wisden cricketers of the decade and winning the prestigious ICC Player of the year award thrice in his international career that spanned 15 years, there are a number of accolades and achievements that this South African wicketkeeper-batsman has won throughout his career.
However, there are also a few unwanted records that have been created by this Protean legend. Lets take a look at these 3 records which AB would want to forget.
3. Most duck dismissals in a calendar year
For a name as huge as AB De Villiers, it is natural to bring his aggressive game into play from the get go. While this has helped him dominate almost every bowling attack that he has faced in his career, it has backfired on a few occasions as well. The 36-year-old batsman holds a record of getting out four times on a duck in 2016, which is the most by any cricketer in a calendar year. Certainly a record both AB and his fans would not want to recall.
2. Slowest partnership in the history of the game with Hashim Amla
Many wouldn’t even consider this as such a bad thing. However, it seems very uncharacterstic of someone as aggressive as AB De Villiers being a part of this. AB and his partner and skipper Hashim Amla went on to forge one of the slowest partnerships in the history of the game, scoring a mere 27 runs off 253 balls in the second innings of the last test of the four test match series against India.
The two Protean veterans defended every ball that was thrown their way in order to scrape out an unlikely draw. Eventually, Amla was dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja for 25 off 244 deliveries while AB fell victim to Ravichandran Ashwin for 43 off 297 balls. The South African resistance was broken and they lost the game by 337 runs as India sealed a resounding 3-0 victory over the visitors.
1. Most ODI centuries for South Africa in a loss as captain
As the captain of the South African ODI team, AB played a number of unforgettable innings and even led them to the semi-final of the 2015 World Cup that they lost against New Zealand.
However, most of his big hundreds have actually gone in vain as the South African demolisher holds the unfortunate record of scoring the most ODI centuries for his country in a loss during his regime as the skipper. Certainly a record he would want to forget.