De Villiers is currently ranked number one on the ICC One-Day International (ODI) batsman rankings, averaging 76.85 in 10 matches.
His contributions of 108 off 71 balls to win the series against Sri Lanka in Hambantota, 57 not-out against Australia in the final of the triangular series in Zimbabwe and 79 not-out on Tuesday against New Zealand, highlighted the skipper’s desire to lead from the front when it counts.
“What gets me going is finishing games for the team,” De Villiers said on Tuesday after South Africa won the first of three ODI’s against the Black Caps by six wickets.
“Being there at the end, there is nothing more rewarding than that. When you talk about stats and milestones at the end of a career — that is something I will look back on.”
Following a month-long break, the Proteas put in a clinical performance in their first match back and continued to tick the right boxes ahead of a crucial season.
“I’m very happy with this performance,” De Villiers said.
“It’s a great start to what is a tough tour with three ODI’s here and five in Australia. To start off well always helps a little bit.”