AB de Villiers smashed 35-ball 100 in an One-Day International (ODI) and eventually was dismissed on 149 from just 44 balls on January 18, 2015. Was anyone surprised with this feat? Only a few maybe, who haven’t followed de Villiers’ game closely in the last couple of years. West Indies happened to had attached their names with this feat as de Villiers made this fantastic record against them when West Indies had toured South Africa in January 2015 for a five-match ODI series. It was the second match of the series. Batting first, South Africa posted a mammoth total of 439 in their 50 overs, courtesy of centuries from their top order—Hashim Amla, Rilee Rossouw and de Villiers. READ: Johannesburg, 2015: When AB de Villiers put video gamers to shame

However the actual show began when Rossouw was dismissed in the 39th over scoring 128 from 115 balls, which saw de Villiers walk in. The rest is history. The South African limited-overs skipper went on to shatter the West Indian attack ruthlessly with 16 sixes and nine fours in the 59 minutes he had batted. West Indies’ Andre Russell ended that innings, with Jonathan Carter making no mistake in taking his catch, when two balls were left in South Africa’s innings. In reply to South Africa’s 439, their opponents were bundled out for 291.

However, South Africa at present are struggling as a unit. After losing the away series against India, England thrashed them in their own den 2-0 in the four-match Test series. Following the draw in the second Test, South Africa’s Test skipper Amla had resigned and de Villiers was made their interim Test captain for that series. That loss saw South Africa being dethroned from the top spot in Tests. De Villiers has a huge task of rebuilding the Proteas!