The Lankans learn to spell "AB"
Ever since their reinstatement into the international fold in 1991, South Africa had never won an ODI series in Sri Lanka until a week ago. The closest they came to achieving the feat was in 1993 when the then-Proteas captain Kepler Wessels and his troop played out a 1-1 drawn series. 21 years later, the Rainbow Nation rewrote history when they defeated Sri Lanka in the 3rd ODI at Hambantota to take the series 2-1 and record their first ever ODI series win in Sri Lanka!
Hashim Amla scored the most runs in the series with 258, but it was South Africa’s ODI captain and RCB’s very own AB de Villiers who stood tall when it mattered. With a breezy 108 off just 71 balls, AB along with de Kock, helped South Africa sail past the Lankan lions with crucial knocks in the decider. As expected, de Villiers was ecstatic with his team’s performance: "It sends out a statement of what we can achieve as a team, not just for everyone out there but more importantly for ourselves."
With an ODI series against Zimbabwe and a tri-series featuring Australia as well in the pipeline, this could well turn out to be Mr 360’s year. Despite being the second highest run-scorer-212 runs- in the series, AB felt he could have done even better in the decider: "I felt like I still had too many dot balls and was looking for boundaries too often, in a perfect world obviously I would want less. I really enjoyed the innings; it was not my best but probably in my top five."
On observing AB’s statement, one simply can’t come to terms with how much of a perfectionist this master craftsman is. However, AB knows more than anyone else that the job is only half done. South Africa aim to overcome the Lankans in the ongoing 2-match Test series, and they’ll depend heavily on de Villiers to marshal the Proteas’ middle order.
Ladies, make sure you cover your new-borns’ eyes when he dazzles with the bat, because the first word they’d utter could end up being “AB”.
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