AB de Villiers, is set to become the seventh South African to play 100 Test matches when he takes the field in the second Test against India at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Saturday.
De Villiers returned to the summit of the ICC Test batting rankings earlier this week, and joins an elite list of batsmen featuring Graham Gooch, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting to name a few, who played their 100th Test as the No.1 ranked batsman.
The 31-year-old addressed the media in Bangalore on Thursday afternoon and spoke modestly of his illustrious 10-year Test career.
“I’m all about performances for the team and special victories,” he said when asked of his most special Test matches.
“My mind goes to lots of series victories away from home. A couple of times in England, a couple of times in Australia, we have had a few good Test series here (India) even though we didn’t win there were a few matches where we played higher than expectations.
De Villiers was due to play his 100th Test match against Bangladesh in Dhaka, but missed the two-match series to be at the birth of his first born son after playing 98 consecutive Test matches since debut, a world record. He often describes the M Chinnaswamy stadium as a home away from home, so it is a fitting coincidence that he celebrates an occasion he describes as ‘any other Test match’ in Bangalore.
"I’ve never been too sentimental about those things, I don’t care where I play my 100th,” South Africa’s third-highest run-scorer behind Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith said.