Top 10 Innings by A.B. DE VILLIERS


Amazingly equipped to take on any batting format and always ready to perform on any terrain, Abraham Benjamin de Villiers, popularly called Mr. 360 or Maverick is a South African Cricketer known for his aggressive yet responsible gameplay. One of the best batsmen of his generation, de Villiers was born in Warmbad in South Africa. He first came to popularity in April 2008, after he scored a double century in a match against India, becoming the first South African to have ever done so. De Villiers also played the Indian Premier League from Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore. We went in deep to dig out his ten most legendary innings so far.

10. The furious Four Hundred (Port Elizabeth, 2014):

When the enemy seemed to be putting pressure, AB came to throw a leading trail of 116 taking on his team from 200/5 to 423 in the first innings. Against an Australian side which was fresh off a mammoth victory at the Ashes, AB de Villiers along with JP Duminy put up an awe-inspiring target of 423 that helped South Africa post a shining grand total and eventually level the series with a 231-run win. This partnership proved to be a game changer and still sung in the South African Cricket History.



 9. Taking to Victory (Harare, 2014):

Conditions seemed too grim when De Villiers walked out to bat at 51/2. Do or die…the team needed a strong decision and a stronger fight. The specialist treatment from the South African skipper, as it must be called, took South Africa to the victory. This chase was not just one of his biggest, but one of his fastest too that concluded in the team’s victory.


 8. Man of the Match (Chittagong, 2014):

As he saw his mate Proteas falling weak against England, at 128/3 in 16 overs, AB drove the score to an astonishing 196. The next four overs were a phase of unrest for the rivals as De Villiers raged on. Scoring 69 in just 28 balls, he not only scored one of the fastest T20 fifty by a South African but also helped Proteas conclude with 196; that led the team to a victory by just 3 runs. We all know the rest: AB became the most eligible man of the match!



7. When Titans clashed (Chennai, 2015):

The most terrific and yet disheartening cricket chronicles was the India vs South Africa 2015, when the slow pitch annoyed cricketers on both the sides. India landed SA a tough chase of 300 when the other end seemed toiling; losing to the tricky and sluggish Chepauk. But there was one batsman, who seemed to have engineered the pitch even as he kept losing partners at the other end. Ya right! AB de Villiers. The way he tackled the rivals’ spins was a treat to watch. Using his technique and the deep terrain to wall the enemy, Indian bowlers feared if De Villiers bats through, he will single-handedly take away the cup.


6. On their face (Ahmedabad, 2008):

The second Test of South Africa’s tour of India in Ahmedabad ended within three days after the curator had prepared a surface which seemed fit. India having lost all at 76, never stood a chance as De Villiers crowned South Africa’s position with 217, also the first double century by a South African against India. The robust partnership with Kallis, earned a remarkable 266 stand for the fifth wicket to bat India out of the game: one of the best innings by a South African in India!



5. The Test-saving 33 (Adelaide, 2012):

De Villiers was not only about attack. He could switch his game depending on the need of the hour. At the Adelaide Test against Australia in 2012, South Africa was set a target of 430 and it managed to save the match on the fifth day. South Africa started the fifth day at 77 for 4 while chasing 430 to win. AB spent more than four hours at the crease at an awful strike rate of 15. De Villiers played out 220 balls — not a single boundary — in 246 minutes and scored only 33 runs. They drew the match. But for the sheer self-control he showed on that day, this proved to be one of AB’s best innings. Watch out: all formats…we told you!



4. The fatal flat (Abu Dhabi, 2010):

The apparently new city and the flat fields of Abu Dhabi was enough to drown the SA team when captain AB de Villiers came to rescue. The extremely poor score could have led to destruction when AB walked in to join Kallis, together to make a phenomenal score that would not only strengthen South Africa’s position in the game but break Pakistanis as well! When the South African first innings was done, AB de Villiers had struggled for an unbeaten 10 hours and went onto to score a gigantic 278, the then highest test score by South Africa. In a 418-ball vigil at the crease, De Villiers took South Africa from 33/3 to 584/7 declared.



3. The History rewritten (Johannesburg, 2015):

This was the innings when the old city of Johannesburg not only saw many old records being broken but even more being built. It was this inning that ABD, finally decided on rewriting history by scoring miracles. Batting at number 3, like always, AB wrote the record in just 31 balls; a catastrophic century that would leave no pages of cricket history unturned. 44 balls, 144 runs, 16 sixes – all this in 59 minutes at the crease. The ball flew to all parts of the ground and it was one of the best and brutal knocks ODI cricket had ever seen.



2. Killing the Indies (Sydney, 2015):

West Indies had no time to repent as the South African team came back with their ABD to hit them hard. Just 40 days and AB was there again creating and breaking records. After hammering the fastest ton in January, de Villiers thrashed the Caribbean bowlers again in a month’s time, this time in a World Cup group fixture at Sydney. Mr. 360 scored 162 off 66 balls. The innings comprised 17 fours and eight sixes. It helped South Africa register 408 on the board. West Indies was all out for 151. Remarkably, West Indian captain Jason Holder had figures of 5 overs, 2 maidens, 9 runs, 2 wickets in his first spell, but ended up conceding 95 runs in his latter five overs, including a 34-run final over which helped South Africa cross the 400-mark.



1. Chasing down in style (Perth, 2008):

ABD took on the brutal chase down of 414 in a Test against Australia in Perth in 2008. He remained unbeaten on 106 in 186 balls. This 106 not out was arguably AB de Villiers’s best Test century and his only 4th innings hundred till date. Having set a gigantic 414 for victory at the WACA, Australia were on top when De Villiers came out to bat. ABD scored an unbeaten 106 to help South Africa make history by chasing down the second-highest total in the fourth innings, which at one point seemed unthinkable as South Africa had lost skipper Graeme and Amla. But ABD, created History, something he always did, something he was built for!


A.B. de Villiers presently holds the international world record for the fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODIs.

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