AB de Villiers. An era it was. While he was known for his class in his younger days, he mixed it up with destruction towards the end. Do you need 50 of 18 balls? He can do it. Need 33 off 220 to save a match?? Yes, he will. A perfect team player and an inspiration for his teammates as well.
Here”s a throwback to one of his all-time best innings. On January 18, 2015, he etched his names in several pages of record books as he smashed the Windies bowlers to every nook and corner of the stadium. 149 off 44 deliveries.
Who expected that this magic would happen on that specific day? He broke the record for the fastest 50 and 100 on the same day.
Windies bowlers had no clue of bowling to the legend when he was in a red-hot form. AB, in turn, became the first player to hit a century who came to bat after 35 overs.
Not just in January, he continued to upset windies even in the World cup 2015 when he scored 162 off 66 delivers at Sydney. Jason Holder had a forgettable outing as he registered his expensive figures in the ODI format of the game.
In his autobiography “AB, the autobiography” the first chapter dealt with this innings where the monster himself named it “The Glory”. Nonetheless, this innings still remains as the greatest carnage ever. Southafrica spotted the pink jersey in this match which is believed to be their lucky charm as they have a 100% win percentage till now.
Chris Morris, the all-rounder once said “When AB speaks, you listen to” pretty sums up how his presence made an impact in the dressing room. Needless to say that he is being missed by the fans and fellow cricketers around the world.
Southafrica will tour Srilanka and it will be really interesting how the squad can shine without the superman.