AB de Villiers is a phenom. A work of art canvassed by the Lord in an attempt to appease and flabbergast the general masses of the world. This is a difficult world to live in. Wherever one looks, there is just gloom and atrocity.
In times like these, sports comes closest to bring some relief and sportspersons are the ones that become the architect of our hopes.
In the cricketing world, AB de Villiers is perhaps the primordial architect of our time. No other batsman bats the way he does and certainly no-one else can become one of the ultimate sources of panacea to the afflictions caused by the gruesomeness of this earth.
In the Indian Premier League, he has thrilled crowds on a consistent basis. But, there have been some innings which even the Gods sat up to take note. The memories of these 5 innings by ABD in the IPL don't fade away, quite like the Axe Signature range of body perfumes. Let's take a look:
#1 129* against Gujarat Lions in IPL 2016
If there was ever a perfect example of what a ‘tandava’ is, then this innings would be it. The Gujarat Lions had won the first battle by dismantling Chris Gayle for a paltry 6, forcing AB de Villiers to come to bat during the powerplay overs.
What we witnessed after that was only possible while playing cricket on a gaming console, but ABD made it happen in real life. In the 52 balls that he played, he steam-rolled his way on to 129 runs, hitting 12 sixes and 10 fours in the process.
His splendid batting rubbed off on his partner in crime, Virat Kohli. The Royal Challengers Bangalore captain also got into the act late on as, he too, completed his century. They also brought up the highest partnership ever in IPL history in the process.