By the numbers: ABdV’s 99 Tests


South Africa's superstar batsman AB de Villiers, currently ranked number one in the world in Tests, will play his 100th match in the format in Bangalore, which is fitting given it's his home away from home.

Much loved by India fans, with their chants of 'AB AB AB!' even when he's batting against India, this is the perfect place for him to reach triple figures, and cement his name in the record books.

Let's look at some relevant stats about his Test career thus far.

11 – Years since his debut. AB first got his Test cap in 2004, against England in Port Elizabeth.He opened the batting and was out for 28 in his first knock.

98 – Tests in a row. AB holds this record, and his streak was not snapped by injury, but rather by fatherhood, as he missed the Proteas one Test in Bangladesh to be home for the birth of his son.

5 – Number of Tests before first ton. He recorded his maiden century in the fifth match he played, against England in the same series as his debut. It was at his home ground of Centurion, and he made 109 off 276 balls. Slow, for him!

278* – Top score to date. He recorded this double century against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in 2010. It was not his first double though. That was in 2008 against India.

51.92 – His Test average. Unsurprisingly, given his rate of scoring half tons and centuries, his average is high. It's helped that he's been not out 16 times in Tests.

21 and 37 – Tons and fifties. His 21 tons puts hi fourth on the list of South Africans, well behind Jacques Kallis (45) and Graeme Smith (27), but trading places back and forth with Test skipper Hashim Amla, who has 23.

551 – His longest knock without a double ton.  This feat of endurance came in Bridgetown in 2005, when he made 178 against the West Indies. It resulted in the Proteas winning by an innings on day four.

881 – Fours struck. His boundary tally is impressive, given the format. While his strike rate is 54.54, he averages around eight fours per innings. He's hit 53 sixes as well.

460 – Most runs in a series. The home series against the West Indies in 2005 was the most profitable for AB in terms of runs, as he scored two centuries in seven knocks and averaged 65.

9.60 – Worst series average (at least 3 Tests). In 2006/7 he had a nightmare of a series against Pakistan at home. He batted in all six knocks, but scored just 48 runs, with a top score of 15.

1 – Five-Test series. De Villiers has only been part of one maximum length series, against England in his debut series in 2004. He scored 362 runs in the series, opening the batting, and bagged a ton and two fifties.

34 – Overs bowled. His very part time spin has been used on occasion over the years, and he's taken two wickets. The both came in one innings against the Windies in 2005. Since then he's focused on batting, and also wicketkeeping.

4 – Stumpings. His first was in his debut series, and his most recent against the Windies in 2014.

Lindsay du Plessis