AB de Villiers, one of many best batsmen of this technology, has been deemed to be one of many excellent gamers to have wielded the willow throughout all of the three codecs. He was named the ICC ODI Participant of the 12 months 3 times throughout his 15-year worldwide profession and was additionally one of many 5 Wisden cricketers of the last decade on the finish of 2019.
As he celebrates his 37th birthday, we check out his high 5 innings.
149 vs West Indies in Johannesburg, 2015 (ODIs)
Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw began brilliantly within the ODI and so they placed on 247 runs on the board earlier than Rossouw departed. De Villiers strode in at quantity three and took the bowling to the cleaners and smacked a 16-ball quickfire fifty which included three fours and 5 huge sixes.He then took one other 15 balls to convey up his century and this stays the quickest century.
33 off 220 balls vs Australia in Adelaide, 2012 (Assessments)
South Africa wanted to chase down 430 by the hosts and so they have been 77/four earlier than the resumption of the ultimate day of the match.
De Villiers got here in at quantity 5 and along with Faf du Plessis, they batted nearly your complete day to avoid wasting the match. Du Plessis remained unbeaten after scoring 110 runs from 376 balls whereas de Villiers scored 33 runs from 220 balls.
278* vs. Pakistan at Abu Dhabi, 2010
That is AB de Villiers’ finest innings. South Africa have been in hassle as they misplaced three wickets for simply thirty-three runs, however De Villiers got here to the rescue with an impressive 278 to stretch South Africa’s first innings whole as 594/9.
129* vs Gujarat Lions in Bangalore, IPL 2016 (T20s)
M Chinnaswamy Stadium has at all times been the favorite cricket floor of AB de Villiers owing to his stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore. His innings in opposition to Gujarat Lions in 2016 stays certainly one of his finest efforts.
AB de Villiers remained not-out after a monstrous 52-ball 129 and ended with a strike price of 248.08.
217* vs. India at Ahmedabad, 2008
AB de Villiers set the stage on fireplace in opposition to India as he smacked 217 runs in South Africa’s first innings. Owing to this effort, South Africa clinched the match by an innings as they didn’t have bat once more within the match.