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Top 10 AB de Villiers knocks for South Africa

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Fastest ODI Hundred, fastest ODI 150, fastest ODI fifty for South Africa, 200 Test match catches - chances are that you've heard these things about AB de Villiers on multiple occasions and will continue to as his achievements aren't likely to be matched anytime soon.

 

Having been a part of the Proteas team that dominated Test cricket and bringing his own destructive game to the ODIs, he helped his team stay at the pinnacle and keep hold of the ICC Test and ODI maces for a long time!

 

AB de Villiers shocked and saddened the cricketing world when he announced via Twitter that he would be retiring from international cricket. Here is the message.

 

 

Here, let's celebrate his illustrious career with his national side while also praying that he returns to play for RCB in 2019!

 

1. 149 (44) v WI, Johannesburg, 18th January 2015

Let's state the record breaking and expected performance here first. Johannesburg in 2015, just before the World Cup in Australia and AB de Villiers went on an absolute rampage! The record breaking 31 ball ODI ton and smashed 16 sixes to take the cricketing world by storm.

 

2. 162* (66) v WI, Sydney, 27th February 2015

If he narrowly missed out on the 150 landmark in the ODI at the Wanderers, it came just about a month later in Australia against the same opponents when he reached there in just 64 balls. His team trounced the Windies by 257 runs on the day.

 

3. 106* (186) v Aus, Perth, 21st December 2008

The 2nd biggest ever chase in Tests, a mammoth 414 run fourth innings target was possible largely because of AB de Villiers' unbeaten knock. This special at Perth saw him combine with JP Duminy and remain unbeaten with him after captain Graeme Smith had laid a great foundation.

 

4. 119 (61) v Ind, Mumbai, 25th October 2015

It was a mega ODI series decider and Quinton de Kock and Faf reaching tons, AB de Villiers treated the Indian attack with disdain to take South Africa to a mammoth 438 at the Wankhede. AB's flourish in the back end was largely responsible for Bhuvneshwar Kumar suffering the ignominy of going for 106 runs in his 10 overs.

 

5. 169 (184) v Aus, Perth, 2nd December 2012

He tormented the Aussies and holds a special affection for Perth. The likes of Starc, Johnson, Lyon and Watson saw AB de Villiers unleash his full array of shots which left Australia on the back foot and ultimately losing.

 

6. 217 (333) v Ind, Ahmedabad, 4th April 2008

AB thrived on a Motera Test pitch that reminded him of Centurion, with a green tinge to it! After bundling India out in the first session on Day 1, AB de Villiers and Amla toyed with the Indian seamers and even seasoned spinners like Anil Kumble and Harbhajan were taken apart. He was instrumental in such a big away win for his side.

 

7. 82* (85) v Aus, Adelaide, 26th Jan 2009

A professional performance from the Proteas, Australia were skittled out for a relatively small score of 222, and AB de Villiers joined Amla in the middle and provided the middle order solidity to put together a 144 run partnership which also helped them seal a series win against Australia.

 

8. 174 (381) v Eng, Leeds, 20th July 2008

Talk about AB de Villiers and you say flamboyance, unorthodox and outlandish strokes. But what we saw at Headingley back in 2008 was doggedness and resilience on a seaming pitch as himself and Ashwell Prince got stuck in and helped the Proteas fight their way to get on top of England, eventually securing a 10 wicket win over the hosts.

 

9. 278* (418) v Pak, 21st Nov 2010

It's uncommon to see a South African registering his highest Test score in the subcontinent. But not when your name is AB de Villiers, who possesses outrageous cricketing ability to play his way out of trouble on a turning pitch. He made good use of a Day 1 wicket albeit against a weakened Pakistani bowling, reeling from the suspensions of Mohammed Amir and Asif.

 

10. 126* (146) v Aus, 11th Mar 2018

By his own admission, this Test knock was one of his special innings. South Africa were trailing 0-1 in the series and were staring at a first innings deficit. But AB, like he has done all throughout his career, transferred the pressure back on Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood and played the perfect counterattacking game to give the Proteas a sizeable first innings lead! In the context of the end result, this knock paved the way for South Africa to make a roaring comeback and thrash the opposition.

 

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