10 Most Sensational Knocks by AB De Villiers

    AB De Villiers has to be the most complete batsman across all formats of the game today followed by Virat Kohli at a close 2nd. There is no inning that is beyond this man from Pretoria. If a match demands him to stay at the crease and while away the time, he would look forward to it with as much fervour as he would to getting a few quick runs in the dying overs. He is the man for all occasions and never shirks away from a challenge. This down-to-earth and downright humble guy who excels at golf, rugby and tennis, holds the record for the fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODIs. He is also a 3 time ICC ODI Best Player of the Year. He is loved by masses over the world and holds a special place in the hearts of us Indians who love ourselves a true batsman! And that’s why we bring for you, the 10 Best Knocks by AB.

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    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.

    In the 3rd ODI at Ahmedabad, South Africa won the toss and decided to bat first. On a batting friendly track, Amla and Bosman put on 113 runs opening wicket partnership before Bosman was dismissed by Pathan. Amla then put up a stand of 79 with Kallis before being dismissed by Jadeja. AB then walked into the middle and began playing a superlative inning. He went on a rampage against a listless Indian attack. Balls were cut to the boundary. Then some deliveries were driven to the long-on and long-off fence. He hit 3 sixes along with 11 fours during his inning. It was a a brilliant display of a no hold barred batting performance. It was like the shackles have been let losse and Indian bowlers could not fathom as to what had hit them!

     
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