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AB and Proteas return to number one

South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has once again grabbed the top position in the ICC ODI Player Rankings  while Pakistan’s Hasan Ali has emerged as a new number one among bowlers in the latest ranking updates carried out on Friday.

An astonishing knock of 176 by de Villiers in the second ODI against Bangladesh in Paarl, which consisted of 15 fours and seven sixes and came off only 104 balls, has also helped South Africa edge India at the top of the ICC ODI Team Rankings by taking a 2-0 winning lead in the three-match series.

The latest rankings, which take into account the first two matches of the South Africa-Bangladesh series and the first three matches of the ongoing Pakistan-Sri Lanka series in the United Arab Emirates, sees de Villiers climb to the top of the ODI table for the 14th time in his career.

De Villiers, who has leapfrogged Australian David Warner and India captain Virat Kohli, had first attained top position on 30 May 2010 and the number of days he has spent at the top is second most after retired Windies great Vivian Richards. De Villiers has now been at the top for 2,124 days while Richards was number one for 2,306 days.

Other batsmen to move up include Pakistan’s Babar Azam (up two places to a career-best fourth position), the South African pair of Quinton de Kock (up three places to fifth) and Hashim Amla (up two places to ninth), and Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim (up five places to 18th).

Among bowlers, Hasan Ali’s haul of five for 34 in the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, which his team won by seven wickets for a decisive 3-0 lead in the five-match series, has given the pace bowler a big boost in ranking points.

The 23-year-old, who has taken nine wickets in the series so far, has moved up six places to become the fifth bowler at the top of the ODI rankings this year after Trent Boult, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada and Josh Hazlewood.

Outside of the top 20, Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal (up three places to 36th), South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo (up 30 places to 52nd) and Bangladesh’s Rubel Hossain (up seven places to 61st) are the other bowlers to move northwards.

Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez is back as the top all-rounder, edging Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan. Hafeez, who first attained top ranking in January 2013, has reached the top spot for the ninth time.

Meanwhile, India will be looking to wrest back the top spot in the team rankings when they take on New Zealand in an upcoming three-match series.

South Africa and India are both on 120 points with South Africa ahead on decimal points. South Africa can reach 121 points if they complete a 3-0 series win over Bangladesh but India will overtake them if they win the opening match against New Zealand, to be played the same day as the last South Africa-Bangladesh match, on 22 October.

If India win that match, they too will be on 121 points but ahead in decimal-point calculation. However, India will have to win the series against New Zealand 3-0 to retain the top spot should South Africa win the last match against Bangladesh.

India v New Zealand ODI series itinerary:

22 October: 1st ODI, Mumbai

25 October: 2nd ODI, Pune

29 October: 3rd ODI, Kanpur

ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 20 October, after the first three matches of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka series and the first two matches of the South Africa-Bangladesh series):

Rank    Team            Points

South Africa         120
India                   120
Australia              114
England               114
New Zealand        111
Pakistan                98
Bangladesh            92
Sri Lanka               84
West Indies           77
Afghanistan           54
Zimbabwe             52
Ireland                 41

(Developed by David Kendix)

ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 20 October, after the first three matches of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka series and the first two matches of the South Africa-Bangladesh series):

BATTING (top 20)

Rank      ( /-)       Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating

1           ( 2)         AB de Villiers        SA           879        54.25      902 v NZ at Auckland 2015

2           (-1)          Virat Kohli             Ind          877        55.13      887 v Aus at Kolkata 2017

3           (-1)          David Warner        Aus         865        44.94      880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017

4           ( 2)         Babar Azam          Pak         833*!     56.30      833 v SL at Abu Dhabi 2017

5=        ( 3)         Quinton de Kock     SA           802        45.52      805 v Ban at Kimberley 2017

(-1)          Joe Root                Eng         802        50.00      808 v Win at Bristol 2017

7           (-2)          Rohit Sharma       Ind          790!       44.03      790 v Aus at Nagpur 2017

8           (-1)          Kane Williamson NZ           779        46.98      798 v SA at Centurion 2015

9           ( 2)         Hashim Amla       SA           770        51.25      901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

10         (-1)          Faf du Plessis      SA           754        42.96      791 v SL at Cape Town 2017

11         (-1)          Martin Guptill        NZ           749        43.30      789 v SA at Hamilton 2017

12         ( – )          MS Dhoni              Ind          738        51.90      836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

13         ( – )          Steve Smith          Aus         728        43.23      752 v Pak at Sydney 2017

14         ( – )          Shikhar Dhawan  Ind          715        44.45      794 v SA at Melbourne 2015

15         ( – )          Ross Taylor           NZ           707        44.12      743 v Zim at Harare 2015

16         ( – )          Tamim Iqbal         Ban         680        34.32      688 v Aus at The Oval 2017

17         ( – )          Aaron Finch          Aus         674        36.56      743 v Eng at Melbourne 2015

18         ( 5)         Mushfiqur Rahim Ban         667        33.10      671 v Zim at Mirpur 2015

19         (-1)          Alex Hales            Eng         660        37.89      705 v NZ at Cardiff 2017

20         (-1)          Eoin Morgan         Eng         650        38.16      690 v Aus at The Oval 2010

BOWLING (top 20)

Rank      ( /-)      Player                    Team     Points    Avge     Eco.       Highest Rating

1           ( 6)         Hasan Ali             Pak         743*!     20.66     5.19       743 v SL at Abu Dhabi 2017

2           (-1)          Imran Tahir          SA           726         23.87     4.66       786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017

3           (-1)          Josh Hazlewood    Aus         714         23.85     4.69       732 v Eng at Edgbaston 2017

4           (-1)          Kagiso Rabada      SA           703         25.98     5.07       724 v Eng at Lord’s 2017

5           (-1)          Mitchell Starc        Aus         684         20.13     4.81       783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

6           (-1)          Jasprit Bumrah    Ind          671*      22.10     4.75       687 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2017

7           (-1)          Trent Boult           NZ           665         25.48     5.00       766 v Ind at Delhi 2016

8           (-1)          Akshar Patel         Ind          663*!     29.88     4.36       663 v Aus at Nagpur 2017

9           ( – )          Rashid Khan         Afg          647*!     14.74     3.97       647 v Win at St Lucia 2017

10=       ( – )          Sunil Narine          Win         646         26.46     4.12       791 v SL at Jamaica 2013

( – )          Liam Plunkett      Eng         646!       30.22     5.77       646 v Win at Southampton 2017

12         ( – )          Adil Rashid            Eng         639         32.02     5.55       655 v Ban at Chittagong 2016

13         ( – )          Chris Woakes        Eng         635         31.45     5.58       651 v SA at Headingley 2017

14         ( – )          B. Kumar               Ind          626        36.71     4.86       657 v Win at Dharamsala 2014

15         ( – )          Mohammad Nabi    Afg          618        32.74     4.29       653 v Zim at Harare 2017

16         ( – )          Mitchell Santner     NZ         610*      33.77     4.99       617 v Ban at Dublin 2017

17         ( – )          Matt Henry            NZ           606        25.26     5.62       675 v Aus at Hamilton 2016

18         ( 1)         Morne Morkel        SA           590        24.48     4.94       717 v SL at East London 2012

19         ( 1)         Shakib Al Hasan    Ban         586        29.70     4.43       717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

20         ( 1)         Pat Cummins         Aus         580        29.24     5.41       588 v Ind at Indore 2017

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank      ( /-)      Player                    Team     Points    Highest Rating

1           ( 1)         M. Hafeez             Pak         360        438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

2           (-1)          S. Al Hasan           Ban         345        453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

3           ( – )          M. Nabi                Afg          329        349 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

4           ( – )          Angelo Mathews     SL          296        427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014

5           ( – )          Ben Stokes           Eng         293        299 v Win at Bristol 2017