CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) today congratulated AB de Villiers on being named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year and of achieving the landmark of being the fastest player ever to score 7 000 ODI runs.
De Villiers reached the landmark of 7 000 runs in his 172nd match and his 166th innings in today’s ODI between the Castle Lager Proteas and Australia at the WACA in Perth. The previous fastest was Sourav Ganguly of India who needed 180 matches and 174 innings to reach the landmark.
The previous fastest South African was Jacques Kallis (197 matches and 188 innings) with Herschelle Gibbs the only other South African to have more than 7 000 ODI runs.
“Congratulation to AB, he is a wonderful role model for our nation and he has made us all extremely proud,” commented CSA President, Chris Nenzani.
“AB fully deserves every accolade that comes his way,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “He is a supremely gifted cricketer and undoubtedly one of our best ever. He has also grown impressively as a leader among the Proteas.”