Former India skipper Anil Kumble was among 1st international cricketers to congratulate South African skipper AB de Villiers on Sunday for his world record of fastest One Day International (ODI) century off only 31 balls against Jamaicans in Johannesburg.
Anil Kumble congratulated Ab de Villiers in the social networking site twitter. He tweeted =
Congratulations @ABdeVilliers17 for a world record fastest odi hundred. Awesome batting! Unbelievable!!!
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) January 18, 2015
Ab De Villiers, who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League scored a devastating 149 off only 44 balls with 9 boundaries and 16 over boundaries. He took 5 balls less than Anderson’s fastest ton for New Zealand against the West Indies in 2013-14. The proteas skipper’s innings included 16 sixes, reaching the world record set by Rohit Sharma when he scored 209 runs for India against Australia in Bangalore in 2013-14.
He also got 9 boundaries in an innings which had a near capacity crowd at the Wanderers bullring, made an uttering roar in approval. Caribbean players rushed to congratulate him. Chris Gayle, who played a match-winning T20 innings at the Wanderers a week earlier, bowed in salute as De Villiers walked past him.
South Africa crossed their own previous highest total. The 438 runs for the loss of 9 wickets they got in a record run chase against Australia on the same ground in 2005-06 season. Sri Lanka’s world record of 443 runs for the loss of 9 wickets against the Netherlands in 2006 appeared set to fall. But Ab De Villiers hit the 4th ball of the last over from Andre Russell to deep cover and Hashim Amla could not score off the last two balls.