AB de Villiers doesn’t play international cricket anymore! He was done with it on May 23, 2018, and despite several reports claiming his return, De Villiers hasn’t turned back once in the last two years. But when he did play international cricket for South Africa, De Villiers was breaking records and writing new shots in the book called cricket. Every time he stepped in Protea colour for South Africa, De Villiers always dazzled the fans and terrorised the opposition with his shot-making, classy and all-round hitting. One such day was February 27, 2015, in Sydney where South Africa were playing West Indies in a crucial 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup match. ICC recalled that evening and an AB de Villiers masterclass when records flew in the air and the West Indies teams looked a group of 11 minuscule players facing a giant. Sir Vivian Richards, Sanath Jayasuriya, AB de Villiers Changed Cricket, Says Inzamam-ul-Haq.
West Indies and South Africa were facing each other in a crucial World Cup match and the Windies, led by Jason Holder, were off to a good start with the captain removing Quinton de Kock early. But Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amal weathered the early Caribbean storm with a solid 120+ runs partnership before Chris Gayle removed in the space of two deliveries to push South Africa back to start again. De Villiers had joined Rilee Rossouw at the crease for the rebuild. AB de Villiers Can Play in T20 World Cup 2020 for South Africa if He's in 'Good Form', Says Mark Boucher.
AB de Villiers Masterclass Against West Indies
On this day in 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣5️⃣, AB de Villiers smashed a 66-ball 162* against West Indies in the @cricketworldcup. It was:
🔹 The fastest 150 in ODIs, off just 64 balls
🔹 The second-fastest World Cup century, off 52 balls
Legend 🙌 pic.twitter.com/LmlDFyhxi2
— ICC (@ICC) February 27, 2020
South Africa were at 146/3 in 29.4 overs then and West Indies were looking to steal the moment. But they managed no wicket till the 43rd over and by the time they did, the Protea had raced to 280 runs. They made 330 in the 47th and finished at 408/5 at the end of 50 overs. De Villiers went from 50 in 30 deliveries to a hundred from 52 and breezed to 150 in 64 balls smashing Holder for 65 in his final two overs.
The Greatest Batsman!!
The greatest batsman I have ever watched.
— Ⓜ️🅾️kgalaka (@Sea_T_F) February 27, 2020
Everyone Misses Watching AB de Villiers Play
I really miss watching him play...
— Mayank (@R1AW03) February 27, 2020
Wish He Hadn't Retired
I wished he never retired.
— Jaleel Ahmad (@jaleel466) February 27, 2020
Retired Too Soon!!
He retired too soon 😭😭😭
— Sumona Chakraborty (@SumonaChakrabo8) February 27, 2020
De Villiers hit 17 boundaries and eight maximums for his knock of 162 runs in 66 deliveries to break a plethora of World Cup records and help South Africa record in what was then the highest score in World Cups and also the highest at the iconic Sydney Cricket ground.
South Africa returned with the ball and recorded few more feats by bundling West Indies for only 151 and recording a massive victory by 251 runs. Holder, who had conceded 104 in 10 overs – the worst figures in World Cups – scored 56 off 48 deliveries and that was the only good story for the Caribbean side.