AB de Villiers is a record-breaker on the pitch – but his talents don’t end there!

After setting new standards in South Africa’s 257-run thrashing of the West Indies, here’s a look at the records broken plus some startling facts about him you might not know.

Don’t even get us started on his singing career…

Cricket record-breaker

De Villiers hit the fastest 150 in ODI cricket (off 64 balls). The previous record was Shane Watson’s 83-ball effort against Bangladesh at Mirpur in 2011.

Now the owner of the fastest 50 (16 balls), 100 (31), and 150 (64) in ODI cricket – all coming against the West Indies.
In the last 110 balls he’s batted against the West Indies he’s made a total of 311 runs.

The first player to ever score three World Cup hundreds against the same opponent – 146 in Grenada (2007) and 107no in India (2011).
Second fastest World Cup hundred, coming up in 52 balls – two more than Kevin O’Brien’s record scored against England four years ago.
Second highest total in a World Cup behind only India’s 413-5 against Bermuda in 2007 – it’s the highest in a game between two ICC full member nations.

Jason Holder is the second bowler to concede more than 100 runs in a World Cup – behind Martin Snedden’s 105 for New Zealand against England in 1983, but Holder’s is the most restricted to 10 overs.

The 34 runs scored off Holder’s penultimate over was the second-most ever in a World Cup – after Herschelle Gibbs’s record 36 in 2007 off the Netherlands’ Daan van Bunge.
The great all-rounder

Collaborated with South African singer-songwriter Ampie du Preez on the song Make Your Dreams Come True which has 138,290 hits on YouTube. We’ll let you be the judge…

De Villiers was shortlisted for South African national hockey and football squads.
He was the captain of South Africa junior rugby.

Is still the holder of six national school swimming records.

Has the record fastest 100m time among South African junior sprinters.

Was a member of the national junior Davis Cup tennis team.


A national under-19 badminton champion.

Received a national medal from Nelson Mandela for a science project.

Plays off a handicap of scratch in golf.