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‘The definition of a cricketing genius’–Twitter reactions to AB de Villiers’ record-shattering 31-ball ODI hundred

“Not the worst entertainment from AB right now. Best in the world without a doubt.”
Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor

“Have to say @ABdeVilliers17 is the definition of a Cricketing Genius … absolutely incredible… #31BallTon”
Former England captain Michael Vaughan

“Happy new year @ABdeVilliers17 well played mate”
Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi

“No one ever will beat @ABdeVilliers17 fastest ODI century in just 31 balls #crazyridiculous #genius”
Former Australia batsman Dean Jones

“AB de Villiers has scored 149 runs from 44 balls. That is as preposterous as his name. Remarkable performance!”
Former England footballer Gary Lineker

“Records are there to be broken. Congratulations to AB, it must have been a hell of an innings. To then go on to get 149 off 44 is even more special. I haven’t watched the highlights, but I’d imagine it’s a pretty quick highlights package.”
New Zealand’s Corey Anderson, who scored a century off 36 balls a year ago

“I demand a DNA test of AB DeVilliers…this game is only for humans. #superhuman #WhatAPlayer”
Former India batsman Aakash Chopra

“Are we watching highlights ?! #ABDevilliers #superb #fastestEverything!”
Former Pakistan allrounder Azhar Mahmood

“44 balls for 149 runs!!! Unbelievable batting by the World’s best batsman.”
South African golfer Ernie Els

“SA to play the World Cup in pink after this display?”
Former New Zealand fast bowler Iain O’Brien

“Well played @ABdeVilliers17 unfortunately wasn’t quite enough to get @KNCBcricket out of the record books for conceding highest ever total”
Netherlands batsman Tom Cooper

“World record fastest ODI century – Congrats @ABdeVilliers17!”
Former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock

“The term genius gets bandied around loosely in sport but @ABdeVilliers17 completely deserves that status.”
South Africa spinner Robin Peterson

“Congratulations @ABdeVilliers17 for a world record fastest odi hundred. Awesome batting! Unbelievable!!!”
Former India captain Anil Kumble

“@ABdeVilliers17 this guy is a freak . Unbelievable”
Zimbabwe fast bowler Kyle Jarvis

“You don’t often pray to get the bloke with 150 not out on strike when you’re bowling! Well done AB, gentlemen and a class act #carnage”
Former England spinner Ashley Giles

“If ab faced as many balls as Amla he’d be on 450ish”
Australia fast bowler Ben Laughlin