AB De Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday. His announcement on Twitter was unexpected and unprecedented. Ab De Villiers has been playing franchise cricket all over the globe after announcing international retirement in the year 2018. After 2018, he devoted time to his family and exploring cricket around the globe. His performances on the field have left several cricket fans in awe. AN exceptional fielder and most importantly a dominant batsman, AB De Villiers was a blessed player. Here is a look at his top 5 innings: –
71 Runs for 37 Balls for Brisbane Heat against Melbourne Stars: –
AB De Villiers went in his beast mode in one innings in the BBL last season. He scored 71 runs off 37 balls. But the best part of this inning was that his last 58 runs came off only 18 balls. Initially, AB De Villiers was struggling to time the ball but once he got in the groove, he smashed the ball everywhere. His consecutive sixes to Hussain were the top moments of the game.
82 Runs of 54 Balls for Barbados Tridents against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots: –
AB De Villiers threw his color on the Caribbean Premier League when he smoked a 54 ball 82. The bowlers from SKNP were tonked all over the park in this fantastic innings. ABD was also adjudged “Man of the Match” for his performance. He scored these runs against top bowlers like Shamsi, Cottrell, and Samuel Badree. This made sure that Barbados gets its second victory in the contest.
105* Runs in 54 Balls for Delhi Daredevils against Chennai Super Kings: –
Smashing the best team in IPL for 100 runs is not a piece of cake. AB De Villiers hit Chennai Super Kings for 105 runs in 54 balls in the 2009 season of the IPL. He was playing for the Delhi Daredevils that season and this was his first impression on the league. De Villiers smashed the likes of Balaji, Morkel, and Flintoff.
129* Runs from 52 Balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Gujarat Lions: –
AB De Villiers and Royal Challengers Bangalore have special relations. This was one of the top partnerships of Virat Kohli with AB De Villiers. Both of them got a ton but AB De Villiers was more dominant. He scored 129 runs off 52 balls. Bravo, Jadeja, and Dhawal Kulkarni, none of them was spared.
133* Runs from 59 Balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Mumbai Indians: –
This was the second-best partnership between Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers. But again, AB De Villiers was the more dominant one. Even the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, and Mitchell McClenaghan couldn’t stop AB De Villiers and his class. This was also a “Man of the Match” performance.