AB De Villiers is one of the modern day greats and has achieved each and every feat during his cricketing career (2004 to 2018). He holds the record of world’s fastest ODI 50(16 balls), 100(31 balls) and 150(64 balls). He was 3 times ICC ODI Player of the year 2010, 2014 and 2015. He always holds high respect in SouthAfrica side and also in opposite camp. Let’s look at his recent series and his accomplishments before he retired and what he missed the most in his arsenal.
India’s mission against SouthAfrica:
Before the beginning of Freedom Trophy 2017-2018 when India toured SouthAfrica, Faf Du Plessis said they wanted to avenge for their test series defeat they had when SA toured India 2015-16. Though SA won the 5 match One-day series (3-2), 3 match T20 series (2-0) with one T20 match been abandoned without a ball been bowled due to rain. India won the 4 match test series by 3-0.
A lot of expectations were in the shoulder of the Indian team when they toured SouthAfrica for the Freedom Trophy series, many experts thought this is the best team which can win away games, as this team comprises of best bowling attack compared to previous occasions when India toured SouthAfrica.
One Man who stood out:
There has been one man who was standout during SA toured India (2015-2016) who has prolific run in one day and test series (Most runs in the one day series with 358 runs, 2nd best was Rohit Sharma with 255runs and Most runs in the test series for SA with 258runs, second to AjinkyaRahane who had total tally of 266runs). He was also the man of the series for SA in that one-day series.
He was the man who made the difference in batting against in the Freedom Trophy test series against India again. 1st test (65 & 35) and 2nd test (20 & 80) which SouthAfrica has won and the only test he failed the 3rd test (5 & 6) it was none other than the great AB de Villers. SA took the series 2-1.
Again, when Australia visited SouthAfrica which was one of the controversial tests in 2018 with Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft. ABD scores are 1st test (71 not out, 0) which SA has lost, 2nd test 126 not out and 28) SA won by 6 wickets, 3rd test (64, 63) an infamous episode of ball tampering by Cameron Bancroft (Steve Smith confronted during press conference that leadership group was involved in this idea) nevertheless SA won by 322 runs, 4th test (69, 6) SA won comfortably by 492 runs. SA won series 3-1.
End of Era:
The series against Australia was the last AB De Villiers features for SouthAfrica, he decided to hang out his boots and announced his retirement on May 23rd, 2018. He was one of the modern greats and admired with great respects by several sportsmen which include Virat Kohli. The good news will be AB De Villiers will continue to play IPL for Bangalore franchise which he feels like second home and we would be privileged to see him action again. He has been called with several nicknames as Mr 360 Degree (who hits ball in all direction in cricket ground), Superman (Agile in field and flies like superman in air to pluck the ball from Air) and not to forget the chants we hear in Bangalore stadium when he enters (ABD… ABD… ABD…)
Though AB De Villiers has achieved a lot of success in his cricketing career, there is one thing which he would miss the dearest is the World Cup. SouthAfrica always considers unlucky during ICC’s Global event that every time they come agonizingly close but failed to finish the games when mattered the most. When ABD looks back, the World Cup will be something that he will be missing to add it to his Arsenal. Nevertheless, he will be named as one of the greatest cricketers on the planet.
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