Who is AB de Villiers’ wife, Danielle, as the South African great announces his retirement from professional cricket?
Having played professional cricket for just shy of 20 years, AB de Villiers has announced he is retiring from the game aged 37.
de Villiers, who last played for South Africa back in 2018 has spent his time playing franchise cricket quit after saying: “that flame no longer burns so brightly,” – a reference to his enthusiasm for the game.
He tweeted “Dankie” in his announcement, which is Afrikaans for ‘Thank you.;
As he heads for retirement, who is de Villiers’ wife, Danielle, what was his top score and just how many runs did he score for South Africa across all formats?
AB de Villiers’ wife and children revealed
Commonly known as ‘AB’, de Villiers’ real first names are Abraham Benjamin, and was born in February, 1984.
de Villiers first met his future wife, Danielle Swart at her parents’ hunting lodge when he was visiting with his mother.
This was in 2007, with the couple’s relationship developing over the next few years.
During a break in the 2012 IPL tournament in India, de Villiers and Swart visited the Taj Mahal, where the two became engaged.
A year later in 2013, they were married back at Swart’s parents’ hunting lodge.
After AB’s announcement, Danielle congratulated him on his long career on Instagram, saying she would have “supported you for 20 more years,” playing cricket.
The couple have three children, two sons and a daughter.
Abraham was born in 2015, John in 2017 and daughter Yente in 2020.
What was his top score in cricket?
de Villiers top score in cricket was the 278* he posted in the second Test versus Pakistan in 2010.
That was one of 22 Test centuries he recorded, as well as 46 half-centuries.
In total, de Villiers score 8,765 Test runs for South Africa.
In ODIs, of which he played 228, his top score was 176 against Bangladesh in 2017.
However, this was not his finest ODI performance.
That came in January 2015 against the West Indies, where he scored 149 off just 44 balls.
In his 59 minute cameo, he bludgeoned nine fours and 16 sixes and had a strike rate of 338.63.
His 16 ball 50 and 31 ball century remain the fastest of all-time in ODI matches to this day.
In total, in 420 appearances for South Africa across all formats, de Villiers scored 20,014 runs including 47 centuries and 109 half-centuries.