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Happy Birthday Mr.360: Top 5 Knocks of AB De Villiers

Former South African skipper AB De Villiers turned 36 on February 17. Fondly known as AB or Mr 360, he is one of the very few South African cricketers who has fans all across the world. His ability to play outrageous shots all around the wicket has earned him the name Mr 360. He is also called as Superman for his incredible athletic ability on the field. Overall in his international career, AB De Villiers has played 420 matches ( 114 Tests, 228 ODIs, 78 T20Is) scored over 20000 international runs. He has two double hundreds, 47 hundreds, 109 fifties to his name as a batsman. De Villiers has 463 catches to his name along with 17 stumpings as a wicketkeeper. The former South African batsman has scored runs pretty much all around the world and therefore choosing the top 5 knocks by AB De Villiers is a tough task. He holds the record for the fastest ODI century in just 31 balls.

Here is a look at the top 5 knocks of AB De Villiers. 

1. 149 off 44 vs WI, 2nd ODI, Johannesburg, 2015

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In this match, AB De Villiers scored the fastest hundred ever in ODIs. Johannesburg was the venue and the fans were treated to some exquisite hitting by the Superman. The West Indian bowlers were taken to the cleaners as the Proteas played in Pink jersey for a noble cause. Coming into bat at number three, De Villiers smashed nine fours and 16 sixes as South Africa posted a mammoth score of 439/2. Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw also struck centuries. The Proteas won the match by 148 runs as Windies mustered 291 for 7 in their chase. This is the first of the top 5 knocks of AB De Villiers in his international career.

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2. 162* off 66 vs WI, Sydney, 2015 World Cup

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The 2015 World Cup was the last time De Villiers played in an ODI world cup for South Africa. He surely saved his best for the last. He scored a magnificent 163 not out of just 66 balls coming into bat in the 30th over. Again it was the Windies bowlers who were put under the pump by De Villiers. He was 53 off 31 balls at the end of the 40th over. In the last 10 overs, he faced 35 balls and scored 109 runs. He also broke Shane Watson’s record of 83-ball 150 as he got there in just 64 deliveries. South Africa scored 408 for 5. Windies were bowled out for 151 handing the Proteas a 257 run win. 

3. 119 of 61 balls vs India 5th ODI, Mumbai 2015

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After murdering the Windies bowlers in Sydney in the World Cup, Ab De Villiers plundered the Indian bowlers in October that year. The five-match ODI series was posied at 2-2 as the teams headed to Mumbai for the decider. South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first, Quinton de Kock scored 109 of 87 to give the Proteas a quick start. Coming into bat at number four, De Villiers scored 119 off just 61 deliveries to take South Africa to 438-4 in their 50 overs. India were bowled out for just 224 in just 36 overs in the quest of toppling the score.

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4. 278* off 418 balls vs Pakistan,2nd Test, Abu Dhabi 2010

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AB De Villiers registered his highest Test score against Pakistan in 2010 in Abu Dhabi. He scored an unbeaten 278 off 418 balls hitting 23 fours and six sixes. It was a mammoth knock as South Africa posted 278 for 9 before they eventually declared. The match ended in a draw as Pakistan replied with two good batting performances in two innings. Unfortunately, the second Test match also ended in a draw and the series was a stalemate.

5. 126* vs Australia, 2nd Test, Elizabeth, 2018

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This series was one of the best Test series ever to be played between the two sides. Marred by the sandpaper gate scandal in Durban, South Africa approached the second Test with determination. De Villiers played one of his best Test knocks scoring an unbeaten 126 to help his team reach 382 in the first innings. This was his first century in Test cricket after three years and it became a match-defining one. SA won that match by 6 wickets and went on to win the series 3-1, their first against Australia in South Africa.

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This was a collection of top 5 knocks by AB De Villiers in international cricket. 

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