LONDON – Retired South African batsman AB de Villiers has been awarded honorary life membership of Marylebone Cricket Club, based at Lord’s Cricket Ground, in London.
The club has bestowed this honour in recognition of his outstanding achievements in cricket.
De Villiers, 35, who is currently playing for Middlesex in the Vitality Blast, has enjoyed a remarkable career for South Africa, playing in 114 Test Matches, scoring nearly 9,000 runs, averaging 50.66 and making 22 centuries along the way.
The wicketkeeper-batsman, regarded as one of the most dynamic players to have emerged during the modern white-ball game, played 228 One-Day Internationals (ODI) for his country, scoring 9,577 runs and averaging 53.50. He also hit a remarkable 25 ODI centuries.
De Villiers was voted as the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year in 2010, 2014 and 2015, an indication of his strength in the 50-over format.