AB de Villiers is the skipper of South Africa in ODIs and Tests © AFP
AB de Villiers is the skipper of South Africa in ODIs and Tests © AFP

‘Mr 360’ AB de Villiers recently featured in his 200th ODI for South Africa in the 7th ODI of tri-nation series against Australia. Despite just being the sixth player to achieve such feat, he was unfazed by the achievement. The South African skipper started of his limited-overs career against England in 2005. Since his debut, he has amassed 8590 runs at an average of 54.71 and a strike rate close to 100. Such has been his display in the ODI format that he is considered to be among the greatest batsman of all time, and arguably the best in the current generation. He is currently skippering his side in the tri-nation series featuring hosts West Indies and Australia. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: West Indies vs South Africa, 9th ODI Match

Speaking about having represented South Africa in 200 ODI’s, de Villiers said, “Normally I’m not too fussed about these kinds of milestones. Yes it’s a nice milestone, it’s a way to wake up and look back at how lucky I have been over my career to play so many games and to be around for so long.”

“It is a great privilege and honour to represent this country and to have played for so long. I am fortunate to be in this position and hopefully there will be a few more to enjoy and a few more victories as well. The moments I remember are all the teams wins, the friendships I have made over the years, certainly the close games that we have won as a team more than any personal milestones”, as quoted by royalchallengers.com.

De Villiers and co will play their final game of the tri-series against West Indies. They are currently in second place with 12 points from five matches, with Windies lying at third with eight points. A win for the hosts may not be enough, considering the far superior Net Run Rate of South Africa.