It is for no ordinary reason that South African ODI skipper AB de Villiers is considered one of the most feared batsman in world cricket today. Few batsmen in cricket can innovate and demolish a bowling attack like AB does. Ahead of the forthcoming World Cup in Australia and New Zealand South African ODI skipper AB de Villiers has served a clear warning.
He has done that by scoring the fastest ever ODI hundred . AB scored an astonishing 100 of mere 31 balls against West Indies at Johannesburg. The South African got to his fifty in just 16 balls, breaking Sanath Jayasuriya’s 19-year record for the fastest ODI fifty. With his fastest ton, the marauding De Villiers broke the record of New Zealand batsman Corey Anderson who scored a hundred off 36 balls against West Indies last year.
The 30-year-old South African captain needed just 31 balls to reach 100 – five balls fewer than Corey Anderson’s hundred for New Zealand against the West Indies in 2013/14. De Villers helped South Africa, already 1-0 up in the series, score an imposing 439 for two after being sent in to bat. This was the second highest total in ODI internationals and the highest between two Test nations.
Coming in at number 3 De Villiers eventually made 149 off 44 balls with 16 sixes and nine fours at an astonishing strike-rate of 338.63. He equalled the record set by Indian Rohit Sharma for maximum sixes on the way to a score of 209 for India against Australia in Bangalore in 2013/14.
Remarkably, De Villiers needed 19 minutes to reach his fifty needed 40 minutes to reach his hundred. The poor West Indian bowlers were taken to the cleaners by the sizzling Protea’s batting power play. It was not only De Villiers who feasted on the West Indies bowling. South African openers Hashim Amla was unbeaten on 153 off 142 balls while his fellow opening partner scored RR Rossouw hit a fine 128 off 115 balls in sensational day of batting by the Proteas.