Ab De Villiers fondly called the Superman of cricket finally decided to retire from International cricket with immediate effect. Also known as MR.360, Ab De Villiers was perhaps the most innovative player in the history of cricket. He is a perfect blend of Aggression, Passion, and Dedication. A man with zero haters, Ab De Villiers enjoys tremendous support from fans across the world.
There is something about this man that sets him apart from other players of this generation. You won’t find a guy like Ab De Villiers in the decades to come. For South Africa fans, it is still like yesterday when a young lad stepped in Port Elizabeth and played for his nation against England.
The 34 year old protean is still the best in the business and can give the young guns a run for their money. Be it explosive batting, wicket-keeping or captaining, Ab De Villiers has been truly magnificent in whichever role he has donned till date. But, there are certain facts apart from cricket regarding the Ab De Villiers that the fans won’t be having complete knowledge of.
let’s look at the 4 intriguing facts regarding Ab De Villiers that people might not be aware about!
Equally brilliant at all the sports
We all know about Ab’s love for sports and how gifted he has been as a sportsperson. With the talent that Ab possess, he could have excellent in not just in cricket, but also in football, rugby, hockey or tennis. Also, he was equally brilliant at academics.
He is a recipient of the prestigious Nelson Mandela award for a science project. AB was to become a doctor and give his entire contribution in the field of medical studies. Looks, like destiny had some other plans for the legend.
Not all the facts that revolve around him are true
There are a lot of rumors that surround AB regarding his love of other sports and how brilliant he had been in them. Some of them being his selection in the national hockey team, participation in professional football, being an excellent badminton player at the school level and to have represented his country at rugby competition.
There aren’t many who become vocal about the rumors that falsely glorify them. Ab has clearly mentioned in his autobiography that he was an active player of hockey but had no plans of representing the national time as goes the rumor. Regarding the ones related to football, he clearly mentioned that he played football with his classmates just for fun and had never participated in any major professional competition.
Mr. 360 is actually a foodie!
The kind of acrobats that AB does can certainly put the youngsters to shame. Recently, the 34-year-old took a stunner in the IPL that left the cricketing fraternity in complete awe of him. From the level of fitness and athleticism AB exhibits on the field, it would be difficult to digest that he is, in fact, a great lover of food.
He has a weak spot for pasta and seafood and likes having a cheat day whenever possible. He also enjoys drinking red wine to quite an extent. However, he makes sure to hit the gym the very next day to sweat it out and remain in perfect shape before the commencement of the game.
The Superman likes to jam in his free time
Mr. 360 has a strong liking towards music and likes listening to Irish rock band “snow patrol”. Also, In his spare time, he likes to jam a little. He released his 1st album way back in 2010 titled “Maak Jou Drome Waar” which also featured his friend Ampie Du Preez. AB has also been found singing on many occasions which have become viral over the youtube.