“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.”

This is what former England cricketer Bob Willis said after watching this knock from AB de Villiers. To be called better than the likes of Don Bradman and Viv Richards by a reputed former cricketer is a testimony to the impact de Villiers has as a batsman in international cricket.

Undoubtedly, he in current cricket he is the greatest batsman across formats and is capable of playing any kind of role as a batsman. Be it batting for a day saving a Test, or hitting the best of bowlers out of the park for maximums in Twenty20, or like in this occasion scoring the fastest international hundred.

On January 18, 2015, de Villiers ripped up the record books with the fastest hundred in One-Day Internationals (ODIs), off just 31 balls, surpassing the feat of New Zealand’s Corey Anderson (36 balls), which he registered in January 2014.

The West Indian attack was butchered and no bowler was spared as in a breathtaking display of batting, de Villiers played a wide range of strokes. West Indies newly appointed skipper Jason Holder was put to the toughest test, his counterpart in this game smacked him for 45 from nine balls, out of which six went for sixes!

De Villiers, first set up a record of the fastest fifty, scoring it from 16 balls and then went on to make the hundred. He got out with two balls remaining and by then had scored 149 from 44 balls! The knock contained 16 sixes and nine fours. It was truly one of the greatest cricketing knocks and South Africa put on 439 on the board and won the match by 148 runs.