AB de Villiers has often called 'Mr.360 degree' and 'Superman of Cricket' for his ability of hitting shots all around the wicket. After his shock international retirement, we thought it a good idea to pick out some reasons why we love him.

1 He was not just interested in Cricket

AB de Villiers was shortlisted for Junior National Hockey squad. He was shortlisted for Junior National Football squad and also captained the South Africa Junior Rugby side.

2 He received a national medal fromNelson Mandela

He is a recipient of the prestigious national medal from the former South African president Nelson Mandela for a science project when he was younger, proving that he is not simply a talented sportsman, but an academically gifted individual too. He attended the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool, which is also known as Affies, located in Pretoria

3 IPL Moneyball

AB de Villiers with ₹69.51 crore career salaries is the highest earning overseas players in the IPL.

4 AB stands for

Fans of cricket simply know the talented cricket star as AB, but not many people know that the AB stands for Abraham Benjamin. His father was also named AB, and his son, who was born in 2015, has been given the same name. His nicknames include ABD, Mr. 360 and Superman, due to his incredible ability with the bat.

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5 Childhood Ambition

He wanted to become a doctor like his father but as we know now that life had planned something else for him. But I’m sure that he would have been a kind-doctor too.

6 Bowling record

AB De has thrashed almost every bowling attack of the world but very few would have known that he has also picked 9 International wickets through right-arm medium-pace. He has picked 2 wickets in test matches and 7 wickets in ODIs.

7 Funding The Poor

He also donates most of his earnings in a foundation called “Make A Difference Foundation.” This foundation helps brilliant but poor students to join good schools to study.

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8 Need An Autograph?

He carries postcards with his own-signature on them and gives them to his fans.

9 He’s a South African popstar

Making an music album was one of his childhood passion and he did an album with singer Ampie du Preez. The album was named as Maak Jou Drome Waar (Afrikaans for Make Your Dreams Come True). The theme of the album was “Follow Your Dreams.”

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