AB de Villiers has been dining at the top table of International Cricket for a fair amount of time now, but on Sunday 18 January 2015 AB redefined brilliance in One Day International cricket. When AB de Villiers walked out to the crease, South Africa, through Rilee Rossouw and Hashim Amla, had their highest ever ODI opening partnership. What happened next would almost make that record forgettable. As AB de Villiers strolled to the wicket South Africa were well placed. By the time he was dismissed in the 50th over for 149 off just 44 balls, South Africa had surpassed their highest ever ODI total. Instead of waxing lyrical, we will let the numbers do the talking.
16 – The balls AB de Villiers took to score 50. This is the quickest in ODI history surpassing the 17 ball 50 scored by Jayusuria in 1996.
31 – The number of balls it took AB de Villiers to reach his century. This beat the 36 ball century by Corey Anderson in 2014 as the new fastest in ODI history.
16 – The number of sixes hit by AB de Villiers equaling the record of sixes in an innings set by Rohit Sharma in 2013.
17.2 – The run rate for the partnership between AB and Hashim. This is the quickest run rate for a ODI partnership over 100 between test playing nations.
2 – The amount of times de Villiers has scored a 100 after entering after the 30th over. He is the only batsmen in history to do this and he has done it twice.
3 – the first time in history that three men have scored ODI centuries in the same innings.
14 – the number of babies named AB today.
AB de Villiers we salute you, jou lekker ding!