After the South African team toppled India to reclaim their top spot in the One Day International rankings, the Proteas talisman batsman AB de Villiers went past Virat Kohli and David Warner to move to the summit of the rankings. It took only one knock from AB to pave his way to the top of the ladder as he played a breathtaking inning of 176 off just 104 balls in the second ODI against Bangladesh.
De Villiers was making a comeback in the Proteas side after some time and he once showed his class. De Villiers has conquered the top of the ODI rankings for the 14th time in his career. Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali who bagged a fifer in the third ODI against Sri Lanka also moved to the top of the bowler’s rankings in the 50-over format.
De Villiers has announced his comeback in style.
The South African openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock who had put on a mammoth alliance of 282 in the opening One-Dayer also moved up in the rankings. The wicketkeeper de Kock jumped three spots to move to the fifth place and Amla moved to the ninth position.
Pakistan’s batsman Babar Azam who smashed two centuries in the first two matches against Sri Lanka moved to a career-best ranking of fourth. Mohammad Hafeez also toppled Shakib Al Hasan as the best ODI all-rounder. Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim whose century went in vain in the first match against the Proteas moved to the 18th spot.
If South Africa whitewash Bangladesh 3-0, then they will have 121 points under their bag. They are tied with 120 points with India and are ahead on decimal points. If India is able to win the first One-Dayer against New Zealand, then they will reclaim their top spot. For holding on to the summit, India would have to make a clean sweep of 3-0 against the Kiwis.