Recording 31-ball one-day hundred is as easy as AB

AUSSIE great Adam Gilchrist could well have been on the money when he described fellow keeper-batsman AB de Villiers as the most valuable cricketer on the planet.

And that was before the South African's astonishing 149 off just 44 balls against the West Indies in Johannesburg, an innings that included the fastest hundred in ODI history (31 balls).

Had he not been dismissed for 149, he would have smashed the record for the fastest ODI 150 (83 balls), set by Aussie all-rounder Shane Watson against Bangladesh.

De Villiers' innings helped the Proteas reach a stunning 2-439, the second-highest ODI score behind Sri Lanka's 9-443 set against the Netherlands in 2006. The Windies managed 7-291 in reply.

The whirlwind innings took de Villiers' ODI record to 7440 runs from 177 matches, including 19 centuries and 43 half-centuries, at an average of 52.39.