South African batsman AB de Villiers wrote his name into cricket’s history books when he produced one of ODI’s greatest innings against the West Indies at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.
De Villiers hit eight fours and 10 sixes to reach his century in just 31 balls, erasing New Zealander Corey Anderson’s previous world best of 36 balls – also against the West Indies.
It took the South African just 40 minutes to power to his ton.
“I was on 92 when I realised it was going to be close, but I wasn’t sure how many balls Corey Anderson took to get to his hundred,” Reuters quotes De Villiers as saying at the post-match presentation. “Anyway, I wasn’t going to take my time through the 90s.”
“I got really fired up in the changing room and sort of played my knock before I even came out to bat. Aggression was the main thing for me today – I just wanted to go right from the start.”
De Villiers enabled the Castle Lager Proteas to post an imposing 439/2, their highest team total in this format – beating the unforgettable 438 for nine achieved in March 2006 against Australia at the same ground.
South African won the match by 148 runs.