AB de Villiers Current Affairs - 2019

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Rishabh Pant: Fastest Indian wicket-keeper to claim 50 dismissals in Test cricket

Rishabh Pant became fastest Indian wicket-keeper to claim 50 dismissals in Test cricket. He broke previous record held by MS Dhoni for India. Pant claimed his 50th test dismissal in his 11th test during India vs West Indies. MS Dhoni had taken 15 tests to get to 50 Test dismissals.

Pant’s records

He achieved his 50 dismissals in Test cricket milestone by dismissing West Indies’ Kraigg Brathwaite in 2nd innings of West Indies in the second Test. In December 2018, he had equaled world record for most catches in test cricket by wicket-keeper in Test match against Australia at Adelaide. In this test match, he had taken 11 catches. Other cricketers to hold the record include Jack Russell (England) and AB de Villiers (South Africa).

South African cricketer AB de Villiers hits fastest century in ODIs

South African cricketer AB de Villiers has hit the fastest century and half-century in one-day internationals (ODI).

He achieved the feat in second match as part of the 5-match ODI series against West Indies. Overall in this match, AB de Villiers made 149 off 44 balls.

  • Fastest century: He made the century in just 31 balls and broke earlier record of New Zealand’s Corey Anderson who had hit the century in 36 balls in 2013-14.
  • Fastest half-century: He also made fastest half-century, off 16 balls breaking Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya’s previous record who had made half-century in 17 balls.
  • Most sixes in an innings: His innings included 16 sixes. It equalled the previous record set by India’s Rohit Sharma against Australia in Bangalore in 2013/14.

Second Highest innings totals: In this match, South Africa scored 439, which is the second highest total in one-day internationals. They surpassed their previous record of second highest score of 438 which they had made in a record run chase against Australia in 2005/06.

It should be noted that, Sri Lanka holds the world record of highest innings. They had made this record by scoring 443 runs against the Netherlands in 2006.