AB de Villiers, the most explosive batsman in the world, in recent times, took the world by surprise by his pure artwork in the field. He hit the fastest century of ODI history in January against West Indies this year. He scored a 57 ball hundred against India in Mumbai that helped South Africa to clinch their first ever ODI series on Indian soil.
His batting has in recent years drew appreciation from every corner of the world. The greatest batsman of 21st millennium Sachin Tendulkar said AB de Villiers is ahead of his time.
His shot selections, athleticism and a sublime coordination of eyes and hand and foot are separate him from the other contemporary players.
De Villiers has made his international appearance in 2005 against England. He took two years to produce his firs breezy innings that came against West Indies in the 2007 World Cup. He scored 146 off 130 at St, George’s.
His new aggressive style batting started blossoming in mid-2007. He hit two back to back centuries against in Harare against Zimbabwe and in Lahore against Pakistan. In the later years, he played well, but blitzkrieg innings were not coming. It has happened because, he has a little scope to play. The South African team was filled with players like Jacques Kallis. However, in the year 2010 he hammered Indian bowlers by playing 59 balls hundred in Ahmedabad.
The rise of explosive and creative batsman started. But De Villiers, who is also known for good cricketing sense, once cheated India in the three-match series in Ireland.
Zaheer Khan was the bowler, opener AB de Villiers nicked his outswinger that went in the slip fielder Sachin Tendulkar. India appealed but umpire Aleem Dar was not convinced. He said not out. The entire Indian team was shocked. AB de Villiers denied leaving the pitch.
Young De Villiers finally was caught by Dhoni behind by wicket off Sourav Ganguly scoring 15 off 35 balls. India won the match by 6 wickets.
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