Ab de Villiers’ five Memorable Tons as ODI Captain
In the world of contemporary sport, what prodigious Roger Federer is to Tennis and champion sprinter Usain Bolt to the athletics, the batting genius AB de Villiers is that for the gentleman’s game, cricket.
Honoured to don the national jersey, de Villiers has always worn the heart on his sleeve while redefining the different formats with his quality batting performances, by manufacturing shots which haven’t had been mentioned in any of the coaching manuals.
The right-handed batsman had has been the part of heartbreaking losses, but he has stepped ahead with his quality batting to steady the ship and eventually won the nerve-wracking games for the Proteas. He has changed the dynamics of the gentleman’s game, has been at the helm to play an integral part for the side as a skipper too.
As the cricket had witnessed a lot of changes in the rules and regulations, the modern-day batting has been treated as an engine particularly in the limited-overs format. And Ab de Villiers is one of the prominent name, who further went on to change the complexion of the game in the course of a time. To some extent, the bigger bats have been an eye-catching gear in the process, but for de Villiers, it hardly mattered, as his improvisation has been the cornerstone of his success.
Known for manipulating the field, the calm and composed character, de Villiers during the Twenty20 professional leagues, with his pyrotechnics, has entertained the die-hard fans and avid followers of the game.
Post 2011 World Cup, the wicket-keeper batsman de Villiers was appointed as the ODI and T20 skipper in 2011, after Graeme Smith stepped down from the limited-overs’ post. De Villiers, who is now primarily focusing to play all three elite-level formats, further quashed the rumours of being selective in an approach while representing the nation after relinquishing as a captain.
Following the blitzkrieg from Mr.360, de Villiers, we have had witnessed the microblogging site Twitter users had gone frenzy with the tweets, as the veteran batsman received the praise from all quarters, for his clinical approach with the willow.
Back to the old days, it was the former South African skipper Graeme Smith, who watched over the incredible evolution of de Villiers when he made his international debut in 2004. Under Smith’s leadership, de Villiers featured in his first-ever ODI game against England which further resulted in a tie at Bloemfontein in 2005.
If Virat Kohli, the modern-day chase master has found solace in thrashing the bowlers, then AB de Villiers has been the vanguard to it while tearing apart the quality bowling line-up with such precision and prodigy.
We have listed five quality hundreds of de Villiers which has had been exciting to witness in the cricket field while seeing him as a captain.
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