AB de Villiers said that he was lucky to achieve the record of fastest ODI century on Sunday against West Indies © Getty Images
AB de Villiers said that he was lucky to achieve the record of fastest ODI century on Sunday against West Indies © Getty Images

Johannesburg: Jan 19, 2015

South Africa ODI skipper AB de Villiers has claimed that he has hit the ball better before, despite scoring the fastest ton in the history of ODI cricket in his side’s 148-run victory over the West Indies at the Wanderers on Sunday.

De Villiers said that on this kind of wicket, if one is in decent form and one swings hard, and gets a bit of luck behind them, then one could do amazing things. He added that he has hit the ball better before, believe it or not.

The skipper was at his extravagant best as he bludgeoned his way to 104 from 31 balls to beat the previous fastest century record by five balls, held by New Zealand‘s Corey Anderson set in January last year also against the West Indies, Sport24 reported.

However, De Villiers conceded that his record-breaking knock would hold special significance. He said that it ranks right up there with one of his best, any world record one has, one has to put it up there.

The big-hitting batsman added that it’s very rare that he goes out there looking to score at a strike rate of 200 from ball one, adding that there are not a lot of games where that happens. He claimed that he needed a lot of luck on Sunday to get where he did.

South Africa posted the second highest total ever in ODIs with 439 for two in their 50 overs, and the West Indies could only manage 291 for seven in their reply.

De Villiers proved why he is regarded as the world’s best batsman, as he put up an unparalleled masterclass display of outrageous strokeplay, including 16 sixes and nine fours in an unforgettable knock at the Bullring.