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Ab de Villiers gets a unique Diwali gift ahead of landmark 100th Test

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 12 November 2015, 15:17 IST

South Africa's One-Day International (ODI) captain AB de Villiers received a personalised Diwali gift from Bengaluru FC (BFC) COO Mustafa Ghouse who presented him with a customised BFC jersey and a lifetime membership card.

The right-hander will be playing his landmark 100th Test match during the second game against India starting from 14 November at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. De Villiers was the lone warriors for the visiting South Africans in the first Test that was won by Virat Kohli-led India by 108 runs.

The South African batsmen showed some resistance with a gritty knock of 83-ball 63 out of his side's total of 184 in the first innings at Mohali. However, he failed to repeat his heroics to rescue South Africa following his dismissal for 16 runs by Amit Mishra in the second innings.

De Villiers has been a key member of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL). In the 99 Tests he has played so far, De Villiers has amassed 7,685 runs at an average of 51.92 alongside 21 hundreds and 37 fifties.

Widely regarded as one of the best batsman in the world and one of the greatest of all time, De Villiers dominated the top of the ICC Test batting rankings in 2014 until Kumar Sangakkara pipped him to the top spot. He returned to the top spot in Tests on 10 November and is also placed second in the list of top ODI batsmen.

He also holds the records of fastest 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls) in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). He still holds the record for most Test innings without registering a duck, before being dismissed for 0 against Bangladesh in November 2008. He also holds the second-highest individual score by a South African batsman in an innings, with 278*.

First published: 12 November 2015, 15:17 IST
 
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