AB De Villiers Regains Top ODI Ranking

  • Martyn Bicknell
  • 10 March 2017 09:00 AM
  • Cricket News

South Africa’s AB de Villiers has regained the top spot in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen after leading the list of run-scorers in the recent series against New Zealand which his side won 3-2.

De Villiers’s 262 runs in the series, including a highest of 85 in the third ODI at Wellington, have helped him overtake Australia opener David Warner at the top of the ladder, reclaiming the top spot within two months of losing it to India captain Virat Kohli.

De Villiers is on 875 points, four points ahead of Warner and 23 clear of Kohli in the rankings released today that take into account performances in 15 ODIs, also including West Indies’ 3-0 loss to England, Afghanistan’s 3-2 win over Zimbabwe and Ireland’s 2-0 verdict over the United Arab Emirates.

It is for the 10th time that the 33-year-old de Villiers is at the top of the rankings since first taking the spot in May 2010. He has never been ranked outside the top five since September 2009.

England batsmen Joe Root and Alex Hales are major gainers as they have reached career-best rankings after the series in the Caribbean. Root has reached fourth spot after scoring 195 runs including 101 in the final match in Bridgetown. Hales, who knocked up 110 in the same match, his fifth century in the last 20 ODIs, has gained four spots to reach 16th position.

Other batsmen to make upward movement include the New Zealand pair of Martin Guptill (up two places to seventh rank) and Ross Taylor (up two places to 14th) and the Ireland pair of Ed Joyce (up one place to 28th) and Kevin O’Brien (up three places to 40th).

In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers led by South Africa’s Imran Tahir, his team-mate Kagiso Rabada has broken into the top five for the first time after taking eight wickets in four matches against New Zealand. Rabada has leapfrogged Josh Hazlewood and Shakib Al Hasan even as Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi has also gained three spots to reach a career-best seventh rank.

England all-rounder Chris Woakes’s seven wickets against the West Indies see him break into the top 10 for the first time as he has moved up nine places to ninth slot while his team-mate Liam Plunkett’s 10 wickets in the series have helped him move up 36 places to 23rd rank.

New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner has broken into the top 20 for the first time after his five wickets against South Africa. He is not the only left-arm spinner to gain in the rankings as Hamza Hotak of Afghanistan (up 10 places to 22nd) and Ireland’s George Dockrell (up seven places to 34th) have also made upward movement.

Meanwhile, England’s 3-0 win over the West Indies sees it gain one point to reach 108 points but it remains in fifth position. The West Indies also remains in ninth position but the result means it is now five points behind Pakistan’s tally of 89 points, making its task of qualifying directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 all the more difficult.

England and the seven highest-ranked sides on the ODI Team Rankings as on 30 September 2017 will qualify directly for the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over tournament, while the remaining four sides will progress from the 10-team ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018.

Bangladesh, which is on 91 points, gets a chance to improve its ranking points in an upcoming three-ODI series in Sri Lanka while Afghanistan and Ireland feature in a five-match ODI series later this month.

The ODI team rankings, unlike the Test rankings, are updated after each match. The ICC ODI predictor function is available here.

Forthcoming matches:

Afghanistan v Ireland

15 March – 1st ODI, Greater Noida
17 March – 2nd ODI, Greater Noida
19 March – 3rd ODI, Greater Noida
22 March – 4th ODI, Greater Noida
24 March – 5th ODI, Greater Noida

Sri Lanka v Bangladesh

25 March – 1st ODI, Dambulla
28 March – 2nd ODI, Dambulla
1 April – 3rd ODI, Colombo

The ICC Champions Trophy returns to Wales in June, with England, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka all playing pool games in the Welsh capital prior to the semi-final clash at the Cardiff Wales Stadium. Tickets for these matches go back on general sale in 4th April from the ICC website www.icc-cricket.com

To see AB de Viliers in action supporters can purchase tickets now for the final clash of this summer's tour between South Africa and England in white ball cricket in Cardiff on June 25th. CLICK HERE to secure your seats

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as of 10 March 2017, after West Indies-England series)

Rank    Team               Points

1.     South Africa      119
2.     Australia            118
3.     New Zealand     113
4.     India                   112
5.     England              108 (+1)
6.     Sri Lanka             98
7.     Bangladesh         91
8.     Pakistan              89
9.     West Indies         84 (-2)
10.  Afghanistan         53
11.  Zimbabwe           48
12.  Ireland                 42

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings (as of 10 March, including West Indies v England, New Zealand v South Africa, Afghanistan v Zimbabwe and UAE v Ireland series)

Batsmen (top 20)
Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team   Pts      Avge    Highest Rating

   1       (+1)      AB de Villiers     SA        875      54.28    902 v NZ at Auckland 2015
   2       (-1)       David Warner    Aus      871      44.84    880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017
   3       ( - )       Virat Kohli         Ind       852      53.11    886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014
   4       (+4)      Joe Root           Eng      787!     47.77    787 v WI at Barbados 2017
   5       (-1)       Faf du Plessis   SA        781      43.81    791 v SL at Cape Town 2017
   6       (-1)       Q. de Kock       SA        780      43.64    803 v NZ at Wellington 2017
   7       (+2)      Martin Guptill    NZ        777      43.66    789 v SA at Hamilton 2017
   8       (-2)       K. Williamson    NZ        758      45.91    798 v SA at Centurion 2015
   9=     (+1)      Babar Azam      Pak      733*!   53.09    733 v Aus at Adelaide 2015
            (+1)      Steve Smith      Aus      733      43.67    752 v Pak at Sydney 2017

  Other Selected:

  16      (+4)      Alex Hales        Eng      676*!   38.28    676 v WI at Barbados 2017
  17      ( - )       Jason Roy        Eng      660*    40.31    664 v WI at Antigua 2017
  18      (-4)       Jos Buttler        Eng      659      36.34    723 v Ban at Mirpur 2016
   20      (+2)      Eoin Morgan     Ire/Eng 631      37.71    690 v Aus at The Oval 2010
 36        (+5)      Ben Stokes       Eng      570       29.61   573 v WI at Antigua 2017

Bowlers (top 20)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team   Pts      Avge   Eco     Highest Rating

1         ( - )       Imran Tahir       SA        750      23.65   4.63     786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017
2=       (+1)      Sunil Narine      WI        700      26.46   4.12     791 v SL at Jamaica 2013
           (+2)      Mitchell Starc    Aus      700      19.89   4.82     783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
4         (-2)       Trent Boult        NZ        697      24.85   4.98     766 v Ind at Delhi 2016
5         (+2)      K. Rabada        SA        686*!   25.29   5.11     686 v NZ at Auckland 2017

Other selected

9         (+9)      Chris Woakes   Eng      636!     32.60   5.60     636 v WI at Barbados 2017
14        (-5)       Adil Rashid        Eng      604      35.36   5.64     655 v Ban at Chittagong 2016
23      (+36)    Liam Plunkett    Eng      566*!   32.16   5.89     566 v WI at Barbados 2017

All-rounders (top five)

Rank    (+/-)      Player                          Team   Pts      Highest Rating

  1        ( - )       Shakib Al Hasan            Ban      377      453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
 2        ( - )       Mohammad Nabi           Afg       349!     349 v Zim at Harare 2017
3        ( - )       Angelo Mathews            SL        318      427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014

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