The 34-year-old Pretoria-based professional cricketer AB de Villiers has arguably been one of the hottest properties of modern-day cricket. He made batting look ridiculously easy while offering a lot to the spectators with his assertive fashion.
The right-handed batsman has decimated the world-class bowling attack with his wide array of short selection.
De Villiers, who has been the audacity with the bat, has already shown us what the future cricket could be like.
Dazzling De Villiers has been a delight to watch and he proved it time and again with his modern-day batting blitzkrieg.
Can AB de Villiers return to SA boost them to win vs resilient India?
After missing the first three ODIs of the ongoing six-match series, de Villiers, who suffered from finger injury would be aiming to cash in if he would be hundred percent for an all-important clash With pink ODI to be held as per the tradition in Johannesburg on Saturday (February 10) and de Villiers is expected to make your day.
De Villiers has been a champion kind of a batsman and his knack of middling the ball. He has set the fresh narrative in the gentleman’s game when he was genuinely known as 360-man for targeting the bowlers all around the park.
And with his close vigil at the crease, de Villiers has been a nightmare for the bowlers and definitely, his inclusion would be a major boost for the bleak looking Proteas.
Why the Proteas national team dons a pink jersey and what’s the relevance of pink-ball Jersey?
In the recent past, we have witnessed the Proteas team wearing the pink jersey certainly for a cause of breast cancer awareness.
The idea was floated for the World Cancer Day which is generally held on February 4.
The motive behind the unique idea is to unite to fight cancer which has taken thousands of lives every year across the globe.
However, by raising the awareness further the amount goes to the charity for the treatment.
In a bid to spread the awareness regarding the fatal disease, de Villiers already spoke about it in the past.
In 2013, the Proteas team has shown support to Pink Drive campaign as the first pink jersey for the Proteas was designed the brand Adidas.
Earlier, the amount of the donation was set to the minimum of R20 as the Proteas looked in red-hot form in pink owing to the tradition of the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
Interestingly, while donning the pink jersey, the Proteas has maintained a remarkable record in past five years and they have won four out of four contests, so far.
Such has been the prominence that batting mainstay Hashim Amla, who is struggling at the moment alongside Quinton de Kock and de Villiers have registered five centuries as de Villiers managed to have two tons under his belt and a solitary fifty against India.
While talking about six Pink ODIs in which the Proteas annihilated oppositions with the totals of 439, 358, 343, 266, 163 and 2017.
Having an invincible record the Proteas recently registered the five-wicket win on the Duck Worth-Lewis method (DLS).
Out of six fixtures, interestingly, it was the first time when de Villiers didn’t lead his side after returning from the finger injury.
Instead of donning the green jersey, South Africa has set an example to support the cause which saw them posting staggering 439 for two against Windies on January 18, 2015, before the thrilling one-wicket victory over England on February 2016.
On February 4, 2017, the Proteas beat Sri Lanka convincingly by seven wickets after chasing down the target in 32 overs.
Against India, the Proteas won the match by 141 runs after skittling the visitors at 217 on December 5, 2013, after registering a 34-run win over Pakistan on March 17, 2013.
Interestingly, Pink Drive is an organization which has been delivering throughout to support in the procedure of education and screening.
What is the de Villiers record in Pink ODIs?
To be precise, it is fascinating and equally stunning. Mind-blogging with the bat, de Villiers has always taken responsibility on his shoulders which saw him wielding the willow like baseball.
De Villiers scored 18-ball 26 against India recently after smashing 61-ball 60 while taking on Lions in 2017.
Sensational in approach and magical with the bat, de Villiers lit the Johannesburg stadium in 2015 when he blasted 149 off 44 balls.
Pragmatic in the role, de Villiers went on to smash 16 sixes and nine boundaries, as his strike-rate was recorded whopping 338.63.
As a leader against Pakistan, de Villiers faced 108 balls for his 128. He smashed 12 fours and three sixes.
Before routing India by 141 runs in the day-night clash, de Villiers smashed 47-ball 77. He registered six boundaries and four sixes.
Interestingly, de Villiers has led his side which eventually saw him scoring 36 off 27 deliveries against England in 2016.
Across six ODIs, de Villiers amassed 476 runs and has turned the table in the Proteas favour in the middle with his pyrotechnics.
The enterprising batsman de Villiers had already played 110 Test for South Africa which further playing 225 ODI in which he is averaging at 54.06. He smashed 25 hundred and 53 half-centuries and has more on an offer to bask the glory in the foreseeable future.
There would be a time we De Villiers would become a bedtime story for many owing to his cricketing stature while embarking on his remarkable achievements.
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