Former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers has reportedly signed up for Middlesex County Cricket Club for the forthcoming season of T20 Blast. According to Cricbuzz, the county is likely to announce the signing this week. Middlesex will be desperately hoping that the signing changes their fortunes this year after a disastrous campaign last season. Middlesex finished on the bottom of their group last season, winning just two of their 14 games.
De Villiers has been plying his trade in T20 leagues across the globe since shocking the world last summer with his retirement announcement. The right-handed batsman will go down as one of the fines batsmen to have ever played the game. No matter what the format was or what the conditions were, he rarely failed. If his traditional stroke-play made the traditionalists drool then his scarcely-believable wide array of unorthodox shots left this generation gasping for breath.
He scored a staggering 20,014 international runs (8765 in Tests, 9577 in ODIs and 1672 in T20Is). The right-hander also finished his career with a batting average over 50 in both Tests, and ODIs. He also holds the record for the fastest 50, fastest 100 and fastest 150 in ODIs, all coming against the Windies. He smashed a 31-ball 100 in Johannesburg in 2015 and hit a 66-ball 162 in the 2015 World Cup encounter in Sydney.
De Villiers will be next seen in action for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. He recently played in the Bangladesh Premier League and is currently playing in the Pakistan Super League. In Bangladesh, he was at his usual self, helping Rangpur Riders win all the six games he played in. He also scored a century in the competition.
So far, he has played 272 T20 games, scoring more than 7,300 runs with the help of 52 fifties and 4 centuries.