South African duo of AB de Villiers and Kagiso Rabada are on the rise in the ICC ODI Rankings, as the skipper has regained his top spot in the batsmen list, whereas the seamer has broken into top five for the first time in his career.
The superlative athlete from South Africa scored 262 runs during 3-2 win against New Zealand in the recently concluded five-match ODI series, and courtesy to it, he is now the new No. 1 batter with 875 ratings. de Villiers’ return series saw him reclaiming his top spot from Australian David Warner, who was earlier ranked number one in the list.
In the latest rankings released on Friday, De Villiers sits four points ahead of Warner and 23 ahead of Indian captain Virat Kohli. However, this is the 10th time the batsman has sealed the first position after climbing to the top in May 2010.
In the past year, he was out of action for nearly six months and missed out on three major series against New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka. Despite such a long gap, he’s managed to outnumber the prolific scorers from 2016, David Warner and Virat Kohli with a distinct margin.
Apart from them, England’s batting pair of Joe Root and Alex Hales have also gathered few points and gained some places. Newly recruited Test skipper Root is now fourth in the standings, while Hales has jumped four places to 16th. Centuries from both players in last ODI against the West Indies led to the shuffle in rankings.
In bowling, AB de Villiers’ team-mate and tipped to be the next big thing Kagiso Rabada has paddled his way into top five and joins the No. 1 bowler Imran Tahir in the list.
England’s all-rounder Chris Woakes took seven wickets in three games against the Windies and is now in the top 10 for the first time. He rocked nine places to stand at ninth position. His bowling mate Liam Plunkett too made a rapid rise to 23rd position from 59th after securing 10 wickets in the series.
*Rankings are updated last on March 10, 2017