AB de Villiers was unstoppable during his innings of 149 off 44 balls © Getty Images
AB de Villiers was unstoppable during his innings of 149 off 44 balls © Getty Images

Jan 19, 2015

Bob Willis, the former England captain, has said that AB de Villiers could well be the greatest batsman of all time in the light of his magnificent 31-ball hundred in a One-Day International (ODI) against the West Indies. De Villiers reached his fifty off 16 balls, which is the fastest in ODIs, and then went on to get his ton off 31 balls. He was eventually dismissed for 149 off 44 balls, with South Arica posting 439 for two.

Willis said that he considered Viv Richars the greatest batsman of all time, but with de Villiers’ innings, he may have to reconsider it. SuperSport quoted Willis saying, “AB de Villiers’ record ODI hundred off 31 balls could make him the best batsman of all time. I’ve been saying for the last 30 years that Viv Richards has to be the best batsman of all time — even better than Sir Don Bradman in my book — but I’m going to have to reassess because this guy is something extraordinary.”

De Villiers smashed 16 sixes during his knock, which puts him at par with Rohit Sharma, who smashed the same number during his innings of 209 against Australia in Bangalore. Praise and compliments have been flowing in from all over the world after the ton.

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