The leading run scorer in the recently concluded ODI series between New Zealand and South Africa, AB de Villiers has reclaimed the top spot in the latest ICC ODI rankings for batsmen.
De Villiers’ 262 runs in 5 matches ensured he displaced Australian David Warner to the second position. A unique record of not having dropped outside the top-5 batsmen in ODIs since 2009, de Villiers currently leads Warner by four points with Indian skipper Virat Kohli 19 points adrift in third place.
However, the series was not so good for Hashim Amla whose 100 runs in five innings saw him slip five places to the 11th spot. For the Kiwis, Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor both jumped two rungs each to reach 7th and 14th spot respectively.
Amongst the bowlers, pacer Kagiso Rabada reached a career-best 5th position after climbing two spots up. Matt Henry lost three spots to 10th, but his teammate Mitchell Santner rose six places to the 17th.
West Indies vs England
England’s 3-0 whitewash of West Indies not only earned them one rating point in the team standings but also brought career-high rankings for batsmen Joe Root and Alex Hales.
Root jumped four places to the fourth spot, while Hales’ century helped him reach 16th position, a rise of four positions.
But the biggest gainers were the bowlers, especially Liam Plunkett and Chris Woakes. The leading wicket-taker in the series, Plunkett jumped a massive 36 places to the 23rd spot while Woakes climbed nine places to 9th.
|1||(+1)||AB de Villiers||875|
|5||(-1)||Faf du Plessis||781|
|6||(-1)||Quinton de Kock||780|
|8||(-2)||Shakib Al Hasan||643|