South African maestro AB de Villiers has climbed to the top spot in the ICC One-Day Internationals (ODI) rankings for batsmen, overtaking Australia’s David Warner to achieve this feat.
South Africa’s ODI skipper scored an incredible 262 runs at an average of 87.33 in the recently concluded five-match ODI series against New Zealand to help his side earn a 3-2 series victory.
De Villiers is currently situated at 875 points, four points ahead of Warner(2nd) and 23 clear of India’s Virat Kohli(3rd) in the rankings released by ICC on March 10 (Friday).
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It is also the 10th time De Villiers finds himself at the summit position in the ICC rankings since first claiming the spot in May 2010. The 33-year-old has also never been ranked outside top five since September 2009.
England players Joe Root and Alex Hales also secured the career-best rankings following the series in the Caribbean. Joe Root storms to fourth position after scoring 195 in the series, including the 101 in the final match against West Indies in Bridgetown. Alex Hales also slammed 110 in the same match to bring up his fifth century in last 20 ODI’s to end on 16th.
In the bowlers’ rankings, Kagiso Rabada claimed the career-best 5th position. Imran Tahir retains number one rank, followed by Sunil Narin and Mitchell Starc at the second and third position respectively.