AB de Villiers- The Superman!
Game 20 of cricket world cup 2015 played between South Africa and West Indies at Sydney Cricket Ground witnessed the helpless bowlers, ruthless batting by the superman, AB de Villiers and some new data for the record table. Yes, the game was taken to another level with absolute brilliance from the world’s best batsman, AB de Villiers where South Africa outclassed West Indies and won the match by 257 runs, de Villiers scoring his career best figures of 162* off just 66 balls. Here are some of the records that changed the entire data table forever:
Second Highest Score by a South African Batsman in Cricket World Cup history, 162* by AB de Villiers and the first being 188 by current South African couch, Gary Kirsten against UAE in ’96 world cup.
Second Fastest Century in World Cup, AB de Villiers 100 off 52 balls. Kevin O’Brien tops the list with 50 balls hundred scored against England in 2011 world cup.
Fastest to reach 150 mark in ODI history, AB de Villiers 150 off 64 balls, beating Shane Watson’s record of 83 balls against Bangladesh in 2011.
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Second Highest Team Total in World Cup history, 408/5 for South Africa. First being India’s 413 against Bermuda in 2007 world cup. This is also the highest score by South Africa in world cups.
Second Most Runs Conceded by any bowler in World Cup history, 104 runs by Jason Holder
Most Number of Centuries as a South African Captain, 9 for AB de Villiers crossing former captain Graeme Smith with 8 hundreds under his belt.
Joint Biggest Defeat in World Cup, 257 runs victory for South Africa over West Indies which is same by which India beat Bermuda in 2007 world cup.
World Cup Fifty at Number 9, Jason Holder 56 off 48 balls.