AB DE Villiers has finally hung up his boots. The former South African skipper played 114 tests, 228 ODIs, and 78 T20s and scored 20,000+ runs across all formats with an average of over 50 in both tests and ODIs. He was one of the greatest and most lethal batsmen of all time. He could tear apart the best bowling attacks in the world with his wide range of strokes. He was also known as Mr. 360. In his 14 years of career, He showed us some Exquisite skills with the bat and He was also known for his immaculate fielding efforts. He often played some unbelievable shots. He showed the world his calibre when he made his test debut against England in 2004. He smashed a century in the series.
Here are his top 5 moments in his career.
1) Persistent 33 vs Australia, Adelaide, 2012
It was 33 off 246 balls. When it comes to Test Cricket ABD isn’t shy to showcase his class and skills. Test Cricket is all about resilience and he showed everyone he is built differently that day. It is one of the finest innings in his career.
Australia lead the game the whole time and set a target of 430 for the South Africans.
A huge target to achieve on the fifth day of a test match. South Africa lost four wickets before the start of play on the fifth day and only a miracle could have had saved that test, up steps ABD Villiers
ABD and Faf Du Plessis stitched a partnership of 89 runs, but they were at the crease for almost 68 overs which broke the back Australian bowling line’s back.
ABD batted for 246 balls to get his team out of the jaws of the defeat. It was absolutely beautiful. He switched his gears like no one ever anticipated.
Michael Clarke scored a double century but AB’s 33 runs inning was better than that.
2) His highest test score, 278 vs Pakistan, Abu Dhabi, 2010
In the first innings of the second match of the two-test match series, South Africa had lost three wickets for a paltry score of 33 runs and was heading towards a small total.
De Villiers came in next to bat and brought his side back into the game with a partnership of 179 runs. He stood tall as the wickets kept falling on the other hand.
South Africa was 477-9 but ABD assured his team scored a big total and build a tenth wicket partnership of 107 runs with Morne Morkel and ended the innings with a scoreline of 584-9d.
He batted for more than 10 hours in the scorching heat of Abu Dhabi, he also broke Graeme Smith’s record of highest test score by a South African.
3) A record-breaking 149 vs West Indies, Johannesburg, 18 January 2015
39 overs gone, 247 on the scoresheet already AB DE Villiers comes up to bat and decides to go bonkers.
In 11 overs, he scored the fastest half-century in 16 balls and went on to score the fastest century in the history of the game, 100 off just 31 balls with a strike rate of over 320. The ball never touched the ground that day.
At the end of his innings, he had scored 149 runs off just 44 balls. He was a nightmare for the West Indians that day.
4) T20 Century vs Gujarat Lions, Bengaluru, 2016
One of his best T20 innings came for RCB in the IPL. He came in to bat at No. 3. He started hitting the moment he stepped in, scored his half-century in 50 balls, and smashed his next 50 runs in just 18 balls. In his innings of 129 runs he hit 12 sixes and 10 fours, that’s 112 runs just in boundaries. He was batting alongside Virat Kohli and together they built a partnership of 229, the biggest in T20s.
It was an important match as RCB badly needed a win to have a chance at making it to the playoffs.
As a result, won the match and got two crucial points.
5) The Last Century 126 vs Australia, Port Elizabeth, 2018
Australia batted first and posted a total of 243 runs on a bowling pitch. At one point South Africans were 183-6 and South Africa was tumbling down until ABD decided to take the charge.
On a bowling pitch, where almost every batsman struggled to score runs, AB showed his masterclass and scored a masterclass 126 not out to take the team’s score to 382 and a lead of 143 runs. Those extra runs greatly helped the South African team in winning the match and level the series 1-1.
He was not only good in ODIs and T20s but also Tests, He dominated in all the formats. He was a genius and will be in our hearts forever. HE CAME HE SAW HE CONQUERED