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Timeline of Super AB’s amazing 2018 so far

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Last Updated on 6 years by Charbel Coorey

So, AB de Villiers has still got it!

The general consensus when AB returned to Test cricket against Zimbabwe on Boxing Day 2017 was whether or not he could still show the form we’ve seen from him over the years. It’s safe to say that AB is well and truly back with a bang, not only because of the runs he’s scored, but because his team desperately needed them.

Here is a closer look at each of his significant scores in 2018 so far, and how he really helped his team:

65 (84) v India, 1st Test, 1st innings, Cape Town


2018 began with a high profile Test series between World no. 2 South Africa at home to World no. 1 India. The Proteas could not have had a worse start, falling to 12/3, at the hands of the excellent Bhuvneshwar Kumar on the first morning of the series.

This is a situation where most players coming in would go into their shell and try figure out some way to help their team get out of the hole. Not AB. AB played a wonderful counter attacking knock on a challenging, seaming pitch that shifted the momentum his team’s way. De Villiers helped lift South Africa from 12/3 to 126/3, and when he was dismissed, he had turned the momentum enough to help the middle and lower order rally to reach 286, which ended up a huge score in the context of that match.

AB played a fine knock on the opening day of the big series v India

35 (50) v India, 1st Test, 2nd innings, Cape Town


You might ask – “how is 35 significant”?

In South Africa’s second innings score of 130, it was really significant as he ensured South Africa gave India a target of over 200 in the fourth innings. de Villiers once again showed his class, scoring at a very good pace on a pitch where pretty much all batsmen were struggling. A special player stands out when things aren’t easy, and AB did that in the Cape Town Test.

South Africa eventually won the Test by 72 runs, and took a 1-0 series lead.

AB made another vital contribution in the second innings

80 (121) v India, 2nd Test, 2nd innings, Centurion

South Africa take a first innings lead of 28 after Virat Kohli’s magnificent 153 propelling India to 307.
South Africa lose Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla, both LBW, with Amla in particular copping one that stayed a little low. So, South Africa were 3/2, and leading by only 31. Nervous times? Not for AB. AB De Villiers hit a vital 80, again at such a good pace on a challenging surface, and propelled South Africa to a lead of 286, which in the end was too much for India to chase down.
AB played a key second innings knock in Centurion v India
71* (127) v Australia, 1st Test, 1st innings, Durban


How bad would it have been for South Africa had it not been for AB?
The Proteas were knocked over for just 162, and all batsmen struggled except for AB. In my opinion, he gave belief to his team mates that Australia’s bowlers can indeed be dealt with, and since then, South Africa have had the upper hand in the series up until the second innings of the Port Elizabeth Test.
AB fought a lone battle in the 1st innings in Durban v Australia
126* (146) v Australia, 2nd Test, 1st innings, Port Elizabeth


One for the ages.
What a knock by AB de Villiers, arguably one of the finest in his career. Once again, he was at the crease with South Africa facing a tricky situation, and what was so impressive about this innings is that he made it as if he was batting on a completely different pitch. Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla combined for a gutsy, grueling stand of 88 in 44.2 overs, and the pitch seemed it was difficult to bat on.
Not for AB. Even with South Africa 183/6, AB continued the attack to the Aussies, and helped propel his team to a lead of 139. His strokeplay was superb, and forced Australia into a state of defence. This innings tells the world that AB still deserves to be mentioned among the elite. 
Memorable 126* by AB. Even Warner was clapping.
When his team has needed it, AB has stepped up. 
We are lucky to be witnessing greatness. Never stop, AB.
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Charbel Coorey
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Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has also been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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