His accomplishments as a batsman are unmatched and have helped him make a name for himself in every country that he has competed in.
Last year, much to everyone's utter surprise, de Villiers made an out of the blue decision to retire from all formats of the sport on an international level, in a video he uploaded from his Twitter handle.
I've made a big decision today pic.twitter.com/In0jyquPOK— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 23, 2018
However, with the beginning of the New Year, de Villiers has decided to use his position in the cricketing world for a righteous cause.
The South African has announced that he will be playing in the upcoming season four of the Pakistan Super League.
Ever since the visiting Sri Lankan team's bus was attacked in Lahore in 2009, international level cricket has not taken place in the country due to safety concerns of the travelling players, with the exception of the Windies' visit for a three-game T20 series last year in April.
In attempts to bring back international cricket to the country that worships the sport just as much as India, the Pakistan Cricket Board has been pushing for more and more PSL matches to be held inside the country rather than the UAE, where most of Pakistan's international level cricket competitions take place.
De Villiers has decided to play in Pakistan, for the Lahore Qalandars, in the two matches that have been scheduled to take place at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore on 9th and 10th March.January 14, 2019
"I felt that I had this opportunity to maybe make an impact to help international cricket return to Pakistan," de Villiers told BBC World Service's Stumped programme. “I was reluctant to go a few years back when we were all a bit worried, but I feel the time is right to go back there.”
If things go as planned, de Villiers will probably be the greatest international player in the last 10 years to have played in Pakistan.
"I sympathise with the people of Pakistan because they have been cricket-starved for no fault of theirs, but I am optimistic that the days are not too far when international cricket will return to Pakistan and the stadia will once again be packed with crowds," de Villiers said in an interview with ICC.