Former South African captain AB de Villiers has signed for the Big Bash League (BBL) team Brisbane Heat for the upcoming season.
The 35-year-old AB de Villiers is one of the most favourite cricketers in the cricket world. While he retired from international cricket in May 2018, he is currently busy to play in various overseas T20 leagues.
Now, AB de Villiers is ready to make his BBL debut in the upcoming season (BBL 2019/20). He will serve Brisbane Heat in the forthcoming BBL 2019/20.
AB de Villiers has played 295 T20s where the right-handed batsman scored 8,186 runs (average 37.20) with the strike-rate of 149.84. In T20 career, he has hit four centuries and 57 half-centuries.
The former Proteas captain has revealed that Brisbane Heat suits his standard of cricket.
AB de Villiers said, “I must also say the Brisbane Heat have always stood out to me. They play the kind of cricket that I want to play – it’s quite aggressive and they go after the attack. And the Gabba is a beautiful cricket ground. It’s got a great wicket and games are always of a high quality.”
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) September 30, 2019
On the other hand, the Brisbane Heat head coach Darren Lehmann is very excited to enjoy AB de Villiers’ magic in this BBL season.
Lehmann claimed, “World-class players don’t just come along every day and to have a player of AB’s stature and skill in the BBL is a fantastic outcome for everyone, not just the Heat. He’s a 360-degree player, great skills, outstanding temperament and an insightful leader.”
AB de Villiers is a very consistent performer
AB de Villiers is a very familiar and popular face in the Indian Premier League (IPL). While he played for Delhi Daredevils from 2008 to 2010, he is serving Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) since IPL 2011. In IPL career, de Villiers has scored 4,395 runs in 154 matches (average 39.95) with the strike-rate of 151.23.
He is performing consistently in the various T20 leagues. In this calendar year (2019), he has already featured in the four different overseas T20 leagues. He scored 247 runs in six innings (average 61.75) in the BPL 2018/19 while he scored 218 runs in seven innings (average 54.50) in the PSL 2018/19. In IPL 2019, the RCB star scored 442 runs in 13 innings with an average of 44.20. Also, the right-handed batsman scored 348 runs in eight innings (average 69.60).