Zuma lauds AB de Villiers for “sterling” achievements

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President Jacob Zuma on Sunday congratulated cricketer AB de Villiers on becoming the fastest player ever to score 7000 One Day International runs.

“Mr de Villiers has done the country immensely proud with his sterling achievements and we wish him all the best going forward,” said Zuma in a statement issued by the Presidency.

De Villiers has also been named the International Cricket Council’s One Day International (ODI) Cricketer of the Year.

Playing his 172nd ODI for South Africa against Australia on Friday, he brought his total to 7019 runs from 166 innings at an average of 51.23.

Zuma – who is currently in Brisbane, Australia for the G20 leaders summit – also pledged his support for the Proteas in their ODI match against Australia in Perth on Sunday.

India’s Sourav Ganguly was the previous fastest to reach the landmark, needing 180 matches and 174 innings to reach 7000.

Jacques Kallis was the previous fastest South African – 197 matches and 188 innings – with Herschelle Gibbs the only other South African to have scored more than 7 000 ODI runs.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the skipper deserved recognition for his achievements.

“AB fully deserves every accolade that comes his way,” Lorgat said.

“He is a supremely gifted cricketer and undoubtedly one of our best ever. He has also grown impressively as a leader among the Proteas.”

Source: Mail & Guardian – November 16, 2014

AB de Villiers becomes fastest to 7000 ODI runs

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South Africa’s AB de Villiers has become the fastest to reach 7,000 runs in the history of ODI cricket, having got there against Australia at Perth, earlier today, in just his 166th innings. He has overtaken former Indian left-hander Sourav Ganguly, who was the previous record-holder after having reached the landmark in 174 innings.

Chasing 301 from 50 overs for victory, AB de Villiers was under pressure right from the moment he came out to bat with the South Africans precariously placed at 3/53. The situation worsened when Faf du Plessis fell for 31 shortly after. But de Villiers, along with David Miller, managed to steady the South African innings.

They stitched together a 126-run partnership for the 5th wicket and were looking on course to take South Africa to victory when Miller was dismissed for a well-made 65, turning the match back in Australia’s favour once again. Once Miller was back in the pavilion, de Villiers had to pull off something truly special for South Africa to have any hope of winning, and that hope receded quickly as the 30-year-old was run out for 80 with the Proteas still needing 86 runs for victory from just over 10 overs.

Imran Tahir and Morne Morkel, courtesy of brief cameos, did give a scare late on, but it wasn’t sufficient as the South Africans slumped to a 32-run defeat.

Source: SportsKeeda – November 15, 2014

ICC names De Villiers ODI Player of the Year

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South Africa’s one-day captain AB de Villiers was named ODI Cricketer of the Year, the International Cricket Council announced on Friday.

De Villiers and pace bowler Dale Steyn were the two Proteas picked in the ICC Test Team of the Year and were joined by Quinton de Kock as the three names were also in the ODI Team of the Year.

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson was the winner of the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year. The 33-year-old was also named as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year.

Since the inception of the awards in 2004, Johnson is only the second player after compatriot Ricky Ponting to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy twice. While Johnson previously won this award in 2009, Ponting won back-to-back awards in 2006 and 2007.

England’s Gary Ballance claimed his first-ever ICC award after being named the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year.

Other winners include England’s wicketkeeper-batter Sarah Taylor, who has won the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year award, Australia opener Aaron Finch, whose 156 runs off 63 balls against England, has won him the ICC T20I Performance of the Year award, Scotland’s Preston Mommsen, who won the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year award.

Richard Kettleborough of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires won the David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Australia captain Meg Lanning has clinched the ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year award, while England’s Katherine Brunt has won the ICC Spirit of Cricket award, for sportingly asking for a referral when a South Africa batter was adjudged to have been given out caught and the decision was subsequently reversed.

Source: SowetanLive – November 14, 2014

AB de Villiers, Captain Fantastic Relishes Leading From the Front

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AB de Villiers is currently ranked No. 1 on the ICC ODI batting rankings and with very good reasons.

AB de Villiers, says the satisfaction of leading from the front has been the driving force behind his match-winning performances for South Africa this year. De Villiers is currently ranked No. 1 on the ICC One-Day International (ODI) batsman rankings, and averages 76.85 in 10 matches in 2014. His list of match-winning performances this year continues to grow.

De Villiers’ contribution of 108 off 71 balls to win the series against Sri Lanka in Hambantota, 57 not-out against Australia in the final of the triangular series in Zimbabwe and 79 not-out on Tuesday, highlight the skipper’s insatiable desire to lead from the front when it counts.

“What gets me going is finishing games for the team,” he said after South Africa defeated New Zealand by six wickets at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. “Being there at the end, there is nothing more rewarding than that. When you talk about stats and milestones at the end of a career; that is something that I will look back on.”

The Proteas put in a clinical performance in their first match following a month-long break, and continue to tick the right boxes ahead of a crucial season.

“I’m very happy with this performance,” De Villiers said. “It’s a great start to what is a tough tour with three ODI’s here and five in Australia. To start off well always helps a little bit. I have mixed feelings about the first half of the game,” he admitted.

“I thought we got ourselves into a strong position to finish them off. Other than that it was a great bowling performance. Getting a team nine down after 35 overs, with your two best bowlers with the ball in hand; they will be disappointed that they didn’t finish the job.

“We got ourselves under a little bit of pressure with the bat after 15 overs,” he said. “The top six is in really good form at the moment and I’m really pleased with the way we finished it off.”

De Villiers and the rest of the batsmen adapted well to the unfamiliar Bay Oval pitch, which was on the slow side and gave off a “tennis ball” bounce.

“I personally didn’t feel like I was in at all, which maybe helped me and played into my hands,” he said. “I felt like I was a little bit more conservative than I usually am because of the fact that it wasn’t coming out of the middle as per usual. It made me focus a little more on the basics; I tried to get off strike more, got my ones to get the innings going. In the end I was there, I’m very happy to have gotten the team past the line with JP (Duminy).”

The second ODI (on October 24) will be played at Bay Oval, Tauranga and the third (on October 27) at Seddon Park, Hamilton.

Source: NDTV Sports / October 21, 2014

AB de Villiers leads from the front as South Africa register comfortable win

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South Africa captain AB de Villiers anchored his side to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand, whose bowling and fielding was far superior to a poor batting performance in the first game of their three match one-day series on Tuesday.

De Villiers (89 not out) combined with JP Duminy (58 not out) in an efficient 139-run partnership after a tight and varied New Zealand bowling attack had given the hosts the sniff of an unlikely victory when they reduced them to 97 for four in the 25th over at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

The 30-year-old De Villiers, however, completed his 39th ODI half-century, while Duminy compiled his 20th and hit a six to win the game as they tourists finished on 236 for four, having chased New Zealand’s 230.

The series is being used by both sides to finalise their selections for next year’s World Cup in New Zealand and Australia.

New Zealand’s batsmen, however, did little to showcase their credentials and their total was only boosted by a record 10th-wicket partnership of 74 between Luke Ronchi and Trent Boult which rescued them from 156 for nine.

Wicketkeeper Ronchi was agonisingly close to his first ODI century after reaching 99 on the final ball of the 45th over.

The 33-year-old, however, seemed in two minds on the next ball and only succeeded in giving wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock his fifth catch of the innings and sixth dismissal overall with the stumping of Tom Latham.

The innings by Ronchi, under pressure from test wicketkeeper BJ Watling for a place in the World Cup squad, showed coach Mike Hesson he could be the ideal player to close out New Zealand’s innings after hitting three sixes and 11 other boundaries in his 83-ball stay.

Source: IndianExpress / October 21, 2014