South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn has revealed an interesting story regarding his teammate AB de Villiers, who recently stunned everybody by announcing his international retirement two weeks back.
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Meanwhile, de Villiers holds the record for the fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODI cricket. However, he managed to avoid an injury before smashing a 31-ball hundred against West Indies in 2015.
De Villiers played 114 Test matches, 228 One-Dayers and 78 Twenty20 Internationals for the South African team. Moreover, he scored 8,765 runs in the red-ball form, 9,577 runs in the 50-over format. AB went on to gather 1,672 runs in the shortest format.
de Villiers will go as a modern day great. The talisman was instrumental in taking South African cricket to great heights.
Steyn reveals a funny story
Steyn revealed a funny incident which happened during Pink ODI between South Africa and West Indies at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg two years ago. Just before coming out of to smash the hundred, de Villiers fell down the stairs outside the dressing room.
“I remember him (de Villiers) urging Russell Domingo [then South Africa’s coach] to send David Miller in because he felt Miller could clear the ropes. Russell said, “No, you go”, to AB. He was reluctant, but eventually said “fine” and rushed out of the change room,” Steyn said to ESPNCricinfo.
“There are a couple of stairs as you step out of the change room at the Wanderers. As he ran out, he almost saw his arse on the first step. It is not on TV. When he came out to the ground he looked cool and composed, but he had almost fallen flat on his face,” he added.
In conclusion, Steyn also noted that it was favourite innings of AB. Steyn, meanwhile, is an eyeing a return to international cricket after a string of injuries in the recent past.