In the early hours of Saturday 14th November (UK time) the 2nd Test Match of the series between South Africa and India began in Bangalore, and one Abraham Benjamin De Villiers made his 100th Test Match appearance for his country.
AB came to and left these shores in the summer of 2004, firstly being called up by South Africa 'A' but quickly being named in the starting XI for his first test match against England in Port Elizabeth in October of that year. He subsequently played a further 97 consecutive tests before missing the recent tour of Bangladesh when his first child, AB jnr was born.
AB became the seventh South African to reach 100 caps and currently his average in tests of 51.2 is only behind Kallis. He has become pure box office in all three formats of the game and is considered to be the man who is changing the way the sport is played.
AB has come a long way since he literally jumped off a plane to make his Carrickfergus debut v Belfast Harlequins in 2004.
On reaching 100 caps for his country, congratulations to AB De Villiers from everyone at Carrickfergus Cricket Club.
Photos taken by Bertie Martin, Cricket Europe and Carrick Times ©