The Proteas ODI captain's knock of 149 of 44 balls was a combination of the two factors, and he won't try and repeat it in the next game.
AB de Villiers stood firm as South Africa reached 313 for five at lunch, on day three of the third Test between South Africa and the West Indies.
The South African cricket team have set their sights on gaining some early momentum in the tournament, beginning with their match against Sri Lanka.
His antics behind the wicket and with the bat are proving sceptics wrong, even if they won't admit it, writes Neil Manthorp.
South Africa moved ever closer to victory as Pakistan were teetering on 104 for four at tea on the third day of the first Test at the Wanderers.
Australia will have to produce the greatest run chase in Test history to beat South Africa in the third Test at the WACA Ground.
Disparagers of T20 cricket may not like hearing this, but the game has pushed the boundaries of tactical strategising.
Tillakaratne Dilshan and AB de Villiers put on an unbroken 122-run stand as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.
While pleased with their second-place finish in the ODI Championship, Proteas head AB de Villiers is still gunning for the top spot in world rankings.
Wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has six months of Test cricket left before his Proteas career ends.
Gary Kirsten and AB de Villiers are breathing life into the Proteas' ODI squad with their refreshing approach to the game.
In an improved performance, Sri Lanka set the Proteas a target of 267 in the third one-day international in Bloemfontein.
AB de Villiers, in his first tour as SA's ODI captain, says the Proteas can't rest on their laurels as they look to wrap up a victory over Sri Lanka.
Rookie Proteas captain AB de Villiers says the game against Sri Lanka was the perfect start in his new role but that it won't always be so easy.
Jacques Kallis completed his second Test double century and AB de Villiers scored an unbeaten 160 to put South Africa in control against Sri Lanka.
Jacques Kallis made 224, his highest career score, as South Africa powered to 453-4 at lunch on the second day of the third Test against Sri Lanka.
After making a "pair" in Durban, Jacques Kallis celebrated his 150th Test by scoring an unbeaten 159 in the final Test against Sri Lanka at Newlands.
Proteas medium fast bowler Vernon Philander rocketed up 12 places on the Reliance ICC Test Bowling rankings released on Monday.
Jacques Kallis sustained a nasty blow to his left temple while batting against Sri Lanka but continued batting after receiving treatment on the field.