On this day in 2015: AB de Villiers smashed fastest century in ODIs

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January 18, 2021

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New Delhi, Jan 18: On this day five years back, South Africa batsman AB de Villiers registered the fastest century in the 50-over format.

He achieved the feat against West Indies in the second ODI of the five-match series at Johannesburg. AB de Villiers registered the fastest 50 and 100 in the same match and the records stand to date.

The batsman brought up his century off just 31 balls and he surpassed New Zealand's Corey Anderson (36) to bring up the fastest century in ODIs. ABD was finally dismissed for 149 off just 44 deliveries in the match.

Taking to Twitter International Cricket Council (ICC) also shared the record and termed it as "insane innings".

These heroics from 'Mr.360' enabled South Africa to post 439/2 in the allotted overs and they went on to defeat West Indies by 148 runs. Later in 2015, De Villiers recorded the fastest 150 in ODI cricket against West Indies during the 2015 ICC World Cup in just 64 balls.

Recently, De Villiers was named in both the ODI and T20I Teams of the Decade. 

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Melbourne, Feb 20: Japan's Naomi Osaka beat Jennifer Brady in straight sets in the Australian Open final to win her fourth major title on Saturday.

Osaka edged a tight first set and broke the American twice in the second to win 6-4, 6-3 in 77 minutes in front of thousands of fans at Rod Laver Arena.

Third seed Osaka preserves her 100 percent record in Grand Slam finals after winning the 2018 and 2020 US Opens and the 2019 title in Melbourne.

The 23-year-old, who also becomes the first woman since Monica Seles to win her first four major finals, will now rise to second in the world rankings.

Osaka, rated as the world's top-earning female athlete, saved two match points in the fourth round against Garbine Muguruza before going on to lift the trophy.

Osaka, who also beat her idol Serena Williams in straight sets in the semi-finals, has not lost a match in more than a year.

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February 27,2021

IND vs ENG: Jasprit Bumrah released from Test squad due to 'personal reasons'  | Cricket News – India TV

Chennai, Feb 27: Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was on Saturday released from India's squad for the fourth Test against England, beginning on Thursday, due to personal reasons, the BCCI said.

The Board said no addition to India's squad will be made for the final Test.

"Jasprit Bumrah made a request to BCCI to be released from India's squad ahead of the fourth Test owing to personal reasons," BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said in a media release.

"Accordingly, the fast bowler has been released and he will not be available for selection for the fourth Test."

Bumrah has already been rested for the white-ball series coming up after the four-Test series.

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February 27,2021

Surprisingly, Ravi Shastri indulges in 'banter' on social media

Mumbai, Feb 27: The Indian cricket team's landslide win over England in the third Test match seems to have allowed coach Ravi Shastri to indulge in humour on social media. In a rare reply to a tweet, Shastri on Saturday wrote "love the banter" on his handle.

The tweet has a reference to India's 10-wicket win over England in the third Test in Ahmedabad, Gujarat - a 'dry' state where liquor is prohibited. The win was registered inside two days of the five-day match, allowing players three days to practice and indulge in other activities.

It all started with a meme on social media. It carried a smiling photo of Shastri with these words attributed to the former India captain: "you thought I'd stay in a dry state for 5 days?" The reference was to the prohibition in Gujarat.

But whoever made the meme probably forgot that the next Test match will also be played in Ahmedabad, starting on March 4, so Shastri would have to stay put in the bio bubble in the city.

Well-known writer and author Shobhaa De, 73, tweeted the meme and tagged former Shastri.

Surprisingly, Shastri, 58, reacted. "Love the banter ! Feels good to bring some smiles in these tough times," he tweeted in reply.

Shastri, a successful all-rounder, played 80 Tests and scored 3,830 runs and captured 151 wickets. In 150 One-day Internationals, the left-arm spinner bagged 129 wickets and scored 3,108 runs.

After retirement, Shastri switched to television commentary and has had a few stints as coach of the Indian team.

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