REWIND 2015: Top 10 cricketing highlights of 2015: As the year approaches its end, it becomes imperative for us to turn back the clock and revisit the events that have left an ineffaceable impression on the minds of the cricket frenzied public. It’s never an easy job to shortlist ten events that have had the maximum impact on the game of willow and cork this year. 2015 has been one of the most prolific cricketing years in the last decade or so. From new records being created to old warhorses bidding adieu to the international circuit, the year has seen it all. Cric Fit encompasses a list of 10 cricketing events that highlight the year 2015. It’s time to board the time machine people.
10. AB DE VILLIERS SCORES THE FASTEST EVER TON IN ODI HISTORY
Well if you are looking for an adjective to define the year 2015 in the context of cricket, you would call it the AB Devill-year. Such has been the impact of the Proteas’ ODI Captain on international cricket this year. In January, he registered the fastest ever ODI hundred in the 2nd ODI of South Africa’s home series against West Indies in Johannesburg. The 31 year old batsman from Pretoria reached the momentous landmark in just 31 deliveries and cleared the rope on 16 occasions on his way to an unbeaten 149 (off 44 balls). In the course of the innings, he leapfrogged Sanath Jaysuriya’s 19 year old record for the fastest ODI half century, a feat attained in just 16 balls. He also equalled Rohit Sharma’s World Record for the most number of sixes hit in an individual knock in ODIs (16). The triumphant innings also saw him go past New Zealand’s Corey Anderson, who hitherto held the record for the fastest ODI century, who took 5 more deliveries than De Villiers to get to the landmark in 2014. The southpaw’s sensational form remained intact during the World Cup as he bludgeoned a swashbuckling 150 off just 64 balls (the fastest ever 150 scored in ODI history) in South Africa’s Pool B tie against the West Indies at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground. De Villiers has caressed 5 ODI tons this year; a tally which includes 3 centuries in the recently concluded Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela ODI Series.