Proteas power play: SA skipper de Villiers vs West Indies in 4 charts

  • Vignesh Radhakrishnan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 28, 2015 01:29 IST

Cricket statisticians should get a huge bonus whenever this man comes out to bat. Record books should be sent for revision whenever he is out in the middle. Run factory AB de Villiers has again proved why he is the best ODI batsman in the world currently.

Entering an innings in the 30th over and scoring the fastest 150 is something that can only happen in De Villiers' dreamland. Here are four charts that explain how he tormented the West Indian bowlers during his rampant, unbeaten 162 out off 66 balls. The blazing knock was studded with 17 fours and 8 sixes.

Captains knock'ed'

West Indies captain Jason Holder was at the receiving end of the rival skipper's belligerence. He conceded 104 runs in his 10 overs. It is the second most expensive World Cup spell after Martin Snedden's 105. That is scant relief because New Zealander Snedden had conceded those many in 12 overs against England in 1983.

Here is the nightmare Holder lived through with eyes open in Sydney. However, it had started like a dream. Of Holder's first 3 overs, 2 were maidens — one being a wicket maiden. In fact, he had conceded a manageable 40 in 8 overs.

On a normal day against a regular batsman, Holder would have finished his quota with a decent economy. But this time he was bowling to De Villiers, a man who holds the record for fastest 50, fastest 100 in ODIs. After today, the fastest 150 as well.

This is what happened in the last two overs of his spell.

4 6(no ball) 2 4(no ball) 4 4 2 6 | 2 6 6 4 6 6

2 overs. 64 runs. Destroyed.

AB vs West Indies

Even though Holder was the one who absorbed most of De Villiers' heat, the rampant South African batsmen didn't spare the others too.

Unbelievably he had no dot balls against three bowlers Holder, Sulieman Benn? and Jerome Taylor.

Consider this, out of 21 balls Holder bowled to him, AB scored 76 runs. Benn and Andre Russell escaped the onslaught as they bowled less number of balls to the 'Goliath with a bat'.

AB's car : Acceleration 0-150 in 64 balls

AB de Villiers is not a pinch hitter. He is not one of those who starts slogging from the very first ball of the match. He is like a patient tiger shadowing its prey.

This graph shows how he starts slowly and gets set in the early overs only to launch later into a blitzkrieg.

AB's scoring rate can be likened to smooth acceleration of a sports car. Starts off relatively fast and solid before changing gears to finally blaze past in nitro mode at the end of the innings.

Bonus fact: AB scored a boundary every third ball he faced in this innings .

Prefers on-side

Yes! He destroyed West Indies, there is no doubt. But the term 'all around the park' won't suit De Villiers' knock today. He showed a preference for the on-side. Of his 162, 109 were on the on-side, while 53 were on the off-side.

Here are some charts which show where he directed his shots during the innings.

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