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AB de Villiers retires from all forms of cricket: a look at Mr 360’s 5 records that might be difficult to break

ABD in his statement said that, from playing in back yard with his older brothers to playing cricket at the highest level for the country and IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, it has been an incredible journey. But now at the age of 37 that flames no longer burn so brightly.

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Former South Africa cricket captain AB de Villiers on Friday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The 360-degree batsman announced his retirement through a post on Twitter.

ABD in his statement said that, from playing in back yard with his older brothers to playing cricket at the highest level for the country and IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, it has been an incredible journey. But now at the age of 37 that flames no longer burn so brightly.

Earlier in 2018, ABD had announced his retirement from international cricket after the internal politics grew in South Africa cricket. He also thanked his IPL franchise team RCB, Virat Kohli and all the fans and said that the memories he made with the RCB, will cherish for a lifetime.

Before wishing him the best for the next phase of his life, let’s have a look at 5 records created by Mr 360 that might be difficult to break.

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1. 23 Man of the Match awards in IPL

Playing for his IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore, AB de Villiers has received a record 22-times man of the match awards in the history of the IPL. Second, on the list is Chris Gayle who has won 21 times.

2. Fastest hundred in ODI cricket

Mr 360 smashed a 31-ball hundred against the West Indies in Johannesburg in 2015, breaking the record set by New Zealand’s Corey Anderson’s 36 ball hundred. ABD blasted 149 runs in just 44 balls in that match including 9 fours and 16 sixes.

3. Fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODI cricket

De Villiers ability to hit the ball clean out of the park allowed him to score runs for fun. Mr 360 holds the record of scoring the fastest fifty, ton and 150 in the ODI cricket, hitting 50 in 16 balls and 100 in 31 balls while his 150 in just 64 balls. Interestingly, he hit them in the same year.

4. Most number of centuries after 30 over in ODI cricket

He has hit centuries after coming to bat post 30 over of the match.

5. Most number of sixes in ODI cricket as a skipper in a year

In 2015, ABD was in the deadliest form, he managed to plunder 58 sixes and that too while captaining his national side.

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IPL 2024: Hardik Pandya returns after 4-month injury layoff

Hardik Pandya returned to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru last week, where he participated in match simulations as part of a fitness test.

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The captain of the Mumbai Indians, Hardik Pandya, is leading the Reliance 1 team in the DY Patil T20 tournament, marking his eagerly anticipated comeback to cricket. Since sustaining an ankle injury during India’s ICC Cricket World Cup group stage match against Bangladesh in October of last year, Pandya has not participated in any international cricket matches for the team India.

Pandya was not present for the home series of five T20 internationals against Australia, nor for the three ODI and three T20I matches that made up the journey to South Africa. In Pandya’s absence, top-ranked T20I batsman Suryakumar Yadav donned the role of captain.

Hardik Pandya returned to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru last week, where he participated in match simulations as part of a fitness test. He started training for the DY Patil T20 Cup in preparation of the IPL 2024 after passing the fitness tests.

Ahead of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season, Pandya was moved from the Gujarat Titans (GT) to the Mumbai Indians (MI) in November last year. Former MI captain Rohit Sharma, who has won five IPL trophies for the team, has been replaced by Hardik Pandya in the 2024 season of the famous league.

With players like Tilak Verma, Nehal Wadhera, Akash Madhwal, and Piyush Chawla, Pandya is in charge of a superstar-studded lineup. With Pandya leading the team, these players will play for MI.

However, Rohit Sharma will be captaining the team in the upcoming T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in the USA and the West Indies in June, with the intention of putting an end to India’s ICC trophy drought.

Meanwhile, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah earlier announced that Rohit Sharma will lead the Men in Blue in the ICC T20 World Cup. He also voiced hope that Team India will emerge victorious in the T20 cricket tournament and break their ten-year trophy drought under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy.

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India beat England by 5 wickets, secure 17th straight Test series win at home

Rohit Sharma-led team India defeated England in the fourth Test match of the series to clinch the 5-match series.

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England was unable to save a five-match series against India, after falling short by five wickets in the fourth Test match in Ranchi today. India’s commanding 3-1 series lead proved to be enough to seal the Test series defeat for Ben Stokes’ team.

India, dubbed the “final frontier” of bazball, proved to be a tough Test for the Brendon McCullum team, who faced harsh criticism for their batting strategy during this series. India won the 17th consecutive Test series, maintaining their winning streak in home Tests. In the red-ball version of the game, the squad increased their record for the most consecutive series victories at home.

The last test series which India lost agains England was in 2012 when Alastair Cook captained the English team. India has won every home match they have played since losing the series by 2-1. India hasn’t even drawn a Test series since their defeat by England in 2012.

India’s start to the current series had not been good. After losing the opening game in Hyderabad, Rohit Sharma’s squad reamined unbeatable even without a number of key players for the next 3-matches. The Indian squad proved to be very resilient, winning three straight games in Ranchi, Rajkot, and Vizag.

On the tricky Ranchi track, England won a vital toss and chose to bat first. With the help of an incredible century from Joe Root, they scored 353 runs in the opening half. India scored 307 runs in their first innings of replying. Jaiswal put up a spectacular 73, but Jurel was the real standout for India, scoring a solid 90 and creating important alliances with Kuldeep and Akash Deep to cut into England’s lead.

Meanwhile, the most impressive bowler was Shoaib Bashir, who took his first five wicket haul despite giving up 119 runs in 44 overs.

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India Vs England: Dhruv Jurel wins player of the match in Ranchi Test, cricketers hail youngster for calm and composed performance

BCCI applauded Dhruv Jurel’s performance in a social media post and said the youngster has impressed everyone with resilient knocks with the bat in both the innings. The Top cricket body congratulated him for becoming the player of the match.

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India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Dhruv Jurel was named the player of the match in just his 2nd test for his priceless knock of 90 runs in the first innings of the 4th Test match against England in Ranchi on Monday. The youngster showed determination on a pitch that was a wearing fourth-day track to score an unbeaten 39 and forged a partnership with Shubman Gill to help India script a 3-1 series win over England.

Senior cricketers praised Jurel for his remarkable knock of 90 runs in the first innings. Veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar even compared the youngster to the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni.  Robin Uthappa praised Dhruv Jurel and Shubman Gill for their incredible composure and congratulate them on their fantastic win to seal the series. He said the young Indian side played some solid cricket.

BCCI applauded Dhruv Jurel’s performance in a social media post and said the youngster has impressed everyone with resilient knocks with the bat in both the innings. The Top cricket body congratulated him for becoming the player of the match.

Ex-Indian batsman Virender Sehwag posted on X and said that this win is to relish and cherish. He added both Shubman Gill and Dhruv Jurel showed great composure. He pointed out Dhruv Jurel’s performance was truly outstanding in a series winning effort. He praised Jurel for his calmness and his temperament.

Former coach Tom Moody posted on X and said that Dhruv Jurel is some player and India has found a gem. Former cricketer S Badrinath said Dhruv Jurel is a player to watch out for the future and praised him for his calm and composed performance.

Ex-Indian cricketer VVS Laxman wrote another fantastic win for team India, series done and dusted! He said there were many architects of this triumph, but the hero was young Dhruv Jurel.

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