AB de Villiers became the 10th batsman and third overseas player to score 4000 runs in the Indian Premier League. David Warner and Chris Gayle are the only other foreigners with 4000 runs under their belt in the IPL.
Earlier this week, Chris Gayle became the fastest to 4000 IPL runs. AB de Villiers needed 38 before the start of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s match against three-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians to get to the milestone.
AB de Vlilliers now has over 4000 runs in 143 IPL matches. He has 3 hundreds and 28 fifties in the tournament.
AB de Villiers, who retired from international cricket last year, started his IPL career with Delhi Daredevils before moving to Royal Challengers Bangalore. He formed a formidable partnership with Kohli in RCB but their presence has still not helped the team win the IPL.
In 2016, AB de Villiers enjoyed his best ILPL season. From 16 matches, he scored 687 runs and RCB finished runners-ups also thanks in no small measure to Virat Kohli’s 973 runs.
AB de Villiers had gone past 500 in the 2015 season as well – from 16 matches, he scored 513 runs including his tournment best of 133 not out.
Last year, AB de Villiers scored 480 runs including 6 fifties from 12 matches. With a strike rate of 174.54, de Villiers was in dangerous form but RCB finished 6th in the points table after winning only 6 out of their 14 matches.