The latest ICC ODI Players Rankings list came with some really good news for AB de Villiers, Hasan Ali and Muhammad Hafeez.
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South African batsman AB de Villiers grabbed the top position in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Players Ranking once again, while Pakistani bowler Hasan Ali secured the first position among bowlers.
AB de Villiers
The 33-year-old South African batsman scored a blistering 176 against Bangladesh in the second ODI held in Paarl on Wednesday. He made that tremendous score in just 104 balls, with the help of 15 fours and 7 towering sixes. De Villiers had a lovely comeback to national duty and hammed the opposition bowlers all around the ground in his first match since Champions Trophy.
South Africa now holds the top position at the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Ranking by winning 2 matches against Bangladesh in the three-match series. De villiers masterclass helped wrapping up the series.
De Villiers rocketed to the top of ICC Rankings passing Australian David Warner and Indian Virat Kohli. According to ICC’s official website, this is the 14th time in De Villier’s career that he has made his way up to the top rank.
The South African batsman attained his first top position on 30th May 2010. He spent the second most number of days (2,124 days) at the second position after the Windies legend Vivian Richards who spent 2,306 days.
The latest rankings were made on account of the first two matches of the South Africa – Bangladesh series and the first three matches of the ongoing Pakistan – Sri Lanka series.
Along with De Villiers, some other batsmen who moved up include:
- Pakistan’s Babar Azam (up two places to a career-best fourth position)
- South African players Quinton de Kock (up three places to 5th) and Hashim Amla (up two places to 9th)
- Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim (up five places to 18th).
Babar Azam leaped upto 4th position after scoring back to back centuries against Sri Lanka. Quinton de Kock scored a blistering 170+ in first odi, whereas Amla scored a century and an 80+ score in first two ODIs.
The 23-year-old Pakistani bowler’s haul of five for 34 in the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, which Pakistan won by seven wickets for a decisive 3-0 lead in the five-match series has given him a big jump in ranking points.
The Pakistan – Sri Lanka series are still going on, while Hasan Ali has taken nine wickets so far.
He has ascended six places to become the fifth bowler at the top of the ODI rankings this year after New Zealand’s Trent Boult, South Africa’s Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada and Australia’s Josh Hazlewood.
The Pakistani seamer is the leading wicket taker in 2017 with 43 wickets off just 17 games. He played a vital role in Pakistan’s triumph in Champions Trophy. He has got 3 wickets in each of his last 7 ODIs.
The other bowlers that moved upwards on the ODI rankings are;
- Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal (up three places to 36th)
- South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo (up 30 places to 52nd)
- Bangladesh’s Rubel Hossain (up seven places to 61st)
Suranga Lakmal has been consistent with line and length and scored some economical spells.On the other hand, Phehlukwayo and Rubel are also getting wickets in current series.
Pakistan’s Muhammad Hafeez made his place back at the top of the all-rounder rankings just above Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan. This is the ninth time for Hafeez to reach the top spot. He attained his first top ranking in January 2013. However, his tenure as best all-rounder might be a short one after he was reported for illegal action after 3rd ODI against Srilanka.
Meanwhile, India and South Africa are both on 120 points but South Africa leads on decimal points. Therefore South Africa has secured the first spot on the ODI team rankings.
India will attempt to seek back the first position by winning against New Zealand in the upcoming three match series.
If India manages to win the first match against New Zealand, they would lead South Africa by having 121 points, however if South Africa wins the last match against Bangladesh, they would too reach 121 points but with higher decimal points. Both the matches are on the same date i.e. 22nd October.
Hence, India must win the series against New Zealand (3-0) to regain the first spot, if South Africa wins the last match against Bangladesh.