10AB De Villiers V/s India – 2010
In 2010, South Africa were touring India in 2009-10 for a 2 match test series and a 3 match ODIs. India had managed to win the 2nd Test match at Kolkata after losing the first one at Nagpur thanks to centuries from Laxman, Sachin and Sehwag in a single Indian inning. With the test series ending in a 1-1 draw, the attention switched to the ODI series in this tussle for supremacy. AB was 26 years old at that time and had not managed to really touch the heights that he was usually associated with.
Going into the 1st ODI at Jaipur, AB was expected to come back into form in the limited overs format. But he again disappointed his followers with a 23 ball 25 when the Proteas were chasing a total of 298 to win the match. India who were put into bat by South Africa could only manage to score 297 thanks to some late heroics from Raina and Jadeja. South Africa lost by a solitary run despite valiant efforts by Kallis who scored a gritty 89. In the 2nd ODI at Gwalior, India scored a mammoth 401 aided by a double century from Sachin Tendulkar who got it off only 147 deliveries. Shoni and Karthik chipped in with useful half centuries. South Africa could only manage 248. But it marked the return to form for AB as he remained unbeaten on 114.