Looking back at ABD's journey in international cricket

By PTI Published on May 24, 2018 02:42 PM IST

Chennai: One of contemporary cricket's greatest batsmen, AB de Villiers, called time on his illustrious international career, claiming to be out of gas after 14 years in the top league.

The 34-year-old former South African skipper said his jaded body was no longer in a position to take the rigours of international cricket after a staggering 420 matches across three formats with over 20,000 runs and 47 hundreds. He averaged over 50 in both the Tests and ODIs.

"I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect. After 114 Test matches, 228 ODI's and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired," De Villiers announced through a video message on social networking site twitter.

Here is a look at Mr 360's best knocks in both ODIs and Tests

Best of ODIs

149 vs West Indies, Johannesburg, 2015 AB de Villiers in full flow is a delight for every cricket fan. And on this day, it was the West Indies bowlers who faced the brunt of an ABD onslaught. Not only did he hit the fastest 50 off just 16 balls but also went ahead and hit the fastest 100, off just 31 balls.

136 vs Australia, Harare, 2014

Riding on Aaron Finch’s century, Australia had posted a match-winning 327/7 in their 50 overs. But the smiles in the Aussie camp started to evaporate as old buddies Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers united at the crease. While Faf looked to mix caution with aggression, the skipper meant business as he hit 136 off just 106 balls and took the Australian attack comprising the likes of Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc to the cleaners.

112 vs India, Chennai, 2015

Riding on a brilliant hundred from Virat Kohli (138), India had scored a challenging 299/8 on a sluggish Chennai track. What looked like an easy target to defend, turned on its head as South Africa skipper ABD decided to counter-attack.

Despite wickets falling at the other end, de Villiers kept scoring runs and finally finished with an impressive 112 off just 107 balls. It was not until his dismissal in the 45th over that MS Dhoni and his boys were certain of a win. It was incidentally his last ODI hundred.

ABD took a break from Test cricket for almost a couple of years so that he could refresh himself and recover from all the niggles.

Best of Tests

126* vs Australia, Port Elizabeth (2018)

De Villiers ended with a magnificent 126 and he was unbeaten once again. He was brilliant as he played the Australian trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood with utmost ease. He had a strike-rate of 86.30 in that innings as he set-up the game for South Africa to level the series 1-1.

278* vs Pakistan, Abu Dhabi (2010)

Along with Jacques Kallis (105), he first resurrected the innings as they shared an excellent 179-run stand. But after the all-rounder’s departure, de Villiers took up the responsibility and took South Africa to a mammoth total of 584. He was unbeaten on 278 as he batted for more than 10 hours in the gruelling heat of Abu Dhabi.

106* vs Australia, Perth (2008)

AB de Villiers batted like a champion as he took South Africa home in what was a memorable run-chase. He scored a magnificent unbeaten 106 as he shared two crucial stands with Jacques Kallis (124 for the fourth wicket) and with JP Duminy (unbroken 111 for the fifth wicket). He batted and frustrated the Aussie bowlers and eventually took South Africa to a record run-chase.