AB de Villiers became the third South African to top the ICC Test and ODI Batting rankings in the latest list released on Thursday. De Villiers passed India's Virat Kholi to move to No.1 on the ODI rankings, after scoring 189 runs at an average of 63 in the three-match Momentum ODI series against India.
He currently occupies the No.1 position on the Test rankings, ahead of team mate Hashim Amla who is second.
"It’s a honour to top the ODI and Test rankings," De Villiers said of the feat to match the achievements of Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla. "I've been able to put in some consistent performances for the Proteas in both formats, and that has definitely been underpinned by an all-round team performance."
De Villiers also praised 20-year-old Quinton de Kock, who has moved up 61 places to 14th after scoring 342 runs including three consecutive centuries.
"Quinton has grown in leaps and bounds since he made his debut," he said. "He has impressed me with the maturity and confidence with which he has gone about building all three of his hundreds Long may his run-scoring spree continue."
Several other players have soared up the rankings, despite the Proteas remaining in 5th position on the team rankings after the 2-0 win. Three members of the Proteas' brutal pace attack feature in the top 10. Dale Steyn has moved up three places into second place with Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Morne Morkel in 8th and 9th place respectively. Ryan McLaren has entered the top 20 of the bowling ranking for the first time.