One of the greatest and most stylish batters of all time in the history of cricket, Abraham Benjamin de Villiers turned 39 today i.e. February 17, 2023.
De Villiers has progressed through the ranks to be among the best and most versatile batters in the world throughout all formats. When in form, de Villiers can use his extensive repertoire of strokes on either side of the wicket to completely dismantle any bowling attack.
The South African superstar, who was hailed as a 360-degree hitter was also a gun fielder who could vault skyscrapers and still come up with the catch, as well as one who would gladly take over as wicketkeeper in an emergency.
ABD created a world record for the fastest ODI hundred in 2015, reaching the mark in 31 balls during an incredible inning that also featured the fastest ODI fifty and 16 sixes. He was South Africa’s top run-scorer in the World Cup in the same year but was unable to advance his country past the semifinals. The dynamic right-handed batter has played 114 Test matches and amassed 8765 runs, including 22 hundred, two double tons, and 46 half-centuries.
The 39-year-old was a batting hero outside of South Africa as well, particularly for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he amassed nearly 5000 runs at a strike rate of 158.63 over the course of 11 seasons. AB confirmed his retirement from all forms of cricket following the 2021 IPL.
AB de Villiers has signed numerous endorsement contracts during and beyond his cricketing career, boosting his net worth. Let’s look at AB de Villiers’ earnings, endorsements, and charitable contributions:
The current value of Ab de Villiers’ possessions is around INR 173 crore. His lucrative contract with Cricket South Africa (CSA), as well as other brand arrangements, franchise agreements, and personal investments, have all contributed to his impressive net worth.
Mr. 360 has been linked to numerous endorsement deals throughout his playing career and beyond.
He signed a partnership agreement with FairPlay, an Indian online betting site, in 2022. The former South African captain was designated brand ambassador by FairPlay as part of this long-term contract.
The oldest and greatest amateur cricket league in the world, Last Man Stands, also appointed ABD as its global ambassador (LMS). In March 2020, he also signed collaborative agreements with the men’s casual clothing company, Wrogn.
His other endorsement deals include brands such as Puma, MontBlanc, Myntra, Cricuru, Cameo and Myria.
AB has a history of charitable giving and actively supports the “Make a Difference Foundation.” The organization’s mission is to improve the socioeconomic status of the impoverished by providing them with the gift of education.
ABD also encouraged Montblanc’s active partnership with UNICEF in 2017 to help kids get the education they deserve. Moreover, to further improve the lives of those who are less privileged, the All in Africa challenge was held in 2020.
ABD also participated in the first 3Team Cricket Solidarity Cup game in 2020, which netted 3 million Rands for charitable causes.