Johanesburg, Jan 19: South Africa batsman AB de Villiers hit a century off 31 balls to record the fastest ever one-day international ton during the second match against West Indies at Johannesburg on Sunday. The veteran wicket-keeper-batsman had earlier scored the fastest half-century off 16 balls after South Africa were asked to bat by West Indies skipper Jason Holder. (Full list of records broken by de Villiers)
De Villiers went to score his half century off 16 balls, one-ball-less than Sanath Jayasuriya's previous record for the fastest half-century, for Sri Lanka against Pakistan in 1995/96. He then dominated his way past Anderson's record for fastest ton.(World Record: AB de Villiers blasts 31-ball 100)
His magnificient innings ended in the final over of South African innings when he fell for an astonishing 149 off just 44 balls with 9 boundaries and 16 sixes (joint world record with Rohit Sharma). South Africa's score beat its previous highest total of 438-9 against Australia in 2006, but fell five runs short of the overall record of Sri Lanka's 443-9 against the Netherlands in 2006.
Immediately after AB de Villiers fastest century in ODIs, fans from all over India heaped praises via Twitter.
So, here are some of the reactions from Twitter.
Well played..mind blowing batting display... Seemed I was watching stick cricket. All bows and respect to u #ABDevilliers— Mukesh Yeole (@myeole1995) January 19, 2015
Abraham Benjamin de Villiers... Take a bow for man who has created History... :-) #ABDevilliers— Vaidya Purav (@pn_143) January 19, 2015
Disaster from #ABDevilliers !!! A worst nightmare for Every W.Indies Bowler!! What A Knock!! Demolished All The Records!!! Superb!!— JAY MORE (@JAYMORE1212) January 19, 2015
That was an unbelievable innings by #ABDevilliers. Absolutely world class batsman.— Harish Bharadhvaj K (@bharadhvaj) January 19, 2015
#ABDevilliers superhuman..superknock....you are the best ! Woooh— Micky Chopra (@mickychopra) January 19, 2015
#ABDevilliers what an effort A.B,continue this momentum in the world cup !— kannan (@kannan978634553) January 19, 2015
#ABDevilliers reverse sweep and back to back backhand sixes was more special than his fastest hundred. Bravo AB!— Rahil Hanif (@rahilhanifshaik) January 19, 2015
#ABDevilliers Truly a Protea of South Africa you are mate. Bang on. Best of luck for future innings.— Prashant Mavani (@PrashantMavani) January 19, 2015