AB de Villiers: The Mr 360
South Africa ended all hopes of another home series win for India as they convincingly outclassed their opponents in Mumbai. Having said that you don’t really stand a chance after conceding 400 plus runs in the field.
South Africa were clinical in all departments of the game and it seemed as if they were a team on a mission to finally capture the trophy in India. The Proteas were not able to win an ODI series in India in all of their previous attempts which is why this series win brought a lot of joy for the visitors.
AB de Villiers and co literally murdered the Indian bowlers and with some explosive and witty stroke play.
One thing that went unmentioned was ABD’s fantastic captaincy. Although he had the cushion of a massive target but it would be unfair to not applaud his captaincy.Indians are traditionally good chasers and especially at home where they have chased targets over 300 with relative ease on numerous occasions. AB de Villiers was impressive through out South Africa’s bowling as he kept on rotating the bowlers which meant that the Indian batsmen found it hard to come to terms with the bowling attack and gain any sort of momentum.
Steyn was immediately removed from the bowling attack after bowling the first over after AB cleverly recognized that there was not much help for his ace fast bowler with the new ball. He kept him for the later overs and that paid dividends as Steyn took 3 wickets in quick succession for mere 7 runs as he dealt the final blow.
He brought Farhaan Behardien early into the attack in order to get rid of the part time overs that they had to make up through him. This was crucial as a couple of wickets from the other end had already slowed down the pace and Farhaan utilized this to his advantage and got through his overs quickly.
Overall it was fantastic performance by AB de Villiers as he provided the impetus to the batting with a blistering century and then with his captaincy skills on the field. Here we should not forget his fielding as he nearly pulled off an amazing run out as he threw down the stumps while getting to the ball and then releasing it all in one motion.
There is a reason why Abraham Benjamin de Villiers is called Mr 360 and this match is another glaring instance of his abilities in every aspect of the game.