The ICC report that South Africa captain AB de Villiers has joined
team-mate Hashim Amla at the top of the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings
for batsmen following his man of the series performance in the
five-match series against Pakistan.
The latest rankings were released on Monday after South Africa’s 3-2 series win over Pakistan.
De Villiers was the highest run-getter on either side with 367 runs
from five matches at an average of 91.75. While he has regained the top
spot he last enjoyed in May 2010, his current rating of 882 is his
best-ever to date.
India’s Virat Kohli is ranked third on the batting table, while Sri
Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan has moved up three places to seventh.
Apart from de Villiers, there is also good news for two other
captains, Misbah-ul-Haq of Pakistan and Zimbabwe’s Brendan Taylor who
have made big strides in the latest rankings.
Misbah has been rewarded for being the highest run-getter for his
side in the series against South Africa with a jump of 10 places that
has put him in his career-best of 18th, while Taylor has also moved up a
place to be back in the top 20.
Batsmen still outside the top 20 but making steady progress in the
right direction are Tamim Iqbal in 23rd (up by three), Angelo Mathews in
34th (up by one), Darren Bravo in 39th (up by one), Shahid Afridi in
42nd (up by six), Nasir Hossain in 48th (up by 16), Alex Obanda in 53rd
(up by four), Collins Obuya in 56th (up by three), Faf du Plessis in
58th (up by eight) and Tanmay Mishra in 62nd (up by seven).
Meanwhile, South Africa paceman Dale Steyn has returned to top 10 of
the bowlers’ list after a good series against Pakistan. Steyn jumped
nine places to a joint eighth with teammate Morne Morkel.
The others to move up the order include Angelo Mathews in 21st (up by
four), Thisara Perera in 35th (up by two), Junaid Khan in 38th (up by
18) and Ryan McLaren in 45th (up by 46).
Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal continues to lead the bowlers’ table with West
Indies spinner Sunil Narine in second place and England paceman Steven
Finn in third place.
To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the Championship Table, please click here. The ODI and T20I Championship tables, unlike the Test Championship Table, are updated after every match.
India finishes No.1 and England ends No.2 at cut-off date
Meanwhile, South Africa’s 3-2 series win means England has finished
second to world champion India on the Reliance ICC ODI Championship
Table at the 1 April cut-off date.
South Africa, which started the series on 112 ratings points, needed
to beat Pakistan 4-1 to move into second place. But the defeat in Durban
ended its chances of collecting another cheque of US$75,000 alongside a
cheque of US$450,000 that it has already won for finishing as the No.1
ranked Test side.
This means India will receive the shield and will collect a cheque of
US$175,000, while England will receive US$75,000 for finishing second.
For Pakistan, the series loss means that it stays at number-six on
the ODI Championship table, but has lost one ratings point to finish at
The close nature of the battle on the Championship Table can be
gauged from the fact that the top six sides are separated by just 13
Build-up to the ICC Champions Trophy
The South Africa-Pakistan ODI series was a precursor to the clash
between the two sides in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, which will be
staged from 6 to 23 June in England and Wales.
South Africa won the inaugural edition in 1998, and is drawn in Group
B of the tournament, alongside 2004 champion West Indies, 2002
co-winner India, and Pakistan.
South Africa and Pakistan will meet on 10 June in a day-night match
at Edgbaston in Birmingham during the group stage of the ICC Champions
Group A of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 includes defending champion
Australia, 2000 champion New Zealand and 2002 co-winner Sri Lanka, along
with host England, which reached the final when it last staged the
event in 2004.
The tournament opener at the ICC Champions Trophy will feature two
former winners, when South Africa takes on India at Cardiff on 6 June.
The following day, West Indies will face Pakistan at The Oval.
The semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 will be staged at
The Oval (19 June) and in Cardiff (20 June), while Edgbaston will be the
venue of the final, to be played on 23 June.