ICC news March 25, 2013

De Villiers joins Amla at the top of ODI rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

AB de Villiers has joined Hashim Amla at the top of the ICC ODI batting rankings following an excellent series with the bat against Pakistan, which South Africa won 3-2. De Villiers scored three half-centuries and a century in five games, averaging 91.75. Both he and Amla are now tied on 882 points in the rankings.

De Villiers, who scored 367 runs in that series, had previously reached the top of the ODI rankings in May 2010. Tillakaratne Dilshan, who scored a century against Bangladesh in the first ODI in Hambantota, has moved up three places to No.7 and Virat Kohli is currently at No.3.

There's only one more ODI remaining before the April 1 cut-off date, and India have retained their position at the top of the table. England are No.2, and could have been displaced by South Africa had the latter beaten Pakistan 4-1 in the recently-concluded series. But a 3-2 win meant England kept their place.

India, being No.1, will collect a cheque of US$175,000 together with the shield at the next ICC awards, and England will receive US$75,000 for taking the second place.

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  • Dave on March 27, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    AB and Amla - 2 of the games greatest batsmen. We have been witnessing history from these 2 great cricketers. Never in the modern history of the sport has 2 batsmen from the same team performed teh way these 2 are. Maybe India in the 90's. Anyone can guess other pairings as amazing as these 2?

  • ADITYA on March 27, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    ab u r d best n u deserve it.....d best batsman from 2008 n still going on ........ gr8 show AB.wish u all d best

  • Aruna on March 27, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    totally agree with @ KallisTheGreatest

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    India build up their ratings from the worldcup win and were probably a lot of points in front. Thats why after loosing some games and series did not change their no 1 spot. Lets say if SA lost to india in india SA will stil be ranked the no 1 team as their rating points will still be better than india's and the rest.

  • Shulz Van on March 26, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    @romanticstud.....Bro...Pak lost the series to an unsettled SA (baring the last odi) team. The games SA won where pretty comprehensive. The SA batsmen did not get away they demolished Pak bowling when got their chances. Show some respect to the best batsmen of the world Amla and Devilliers. They snatched the victory when got the chance and nullified Ajmal. They did not get away like a fish they attacked the pak bowlers like Lions and succeeded in 3 out of 5 times which is the major portion. You could have said Pak got away with 2 victories somehow. But unlike u I would respect the 2 victories by pak. They deserved those 2 victories. But SA was the Better team in both TEST and ODI.

  • Severus Snape on March 26, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    if we consider playing more matches would lead to higher rank..then pakistani team,bowlers.,batsmen should top t20 ranking..bt they are behind india and no batsman in top 10.plus..while preparing the rankings winnings are taken into account over which team it has come..india#1 in odi and missed 2 in test..on which spots sl and pak are?

  • A on March 26, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    @Altaf - as @VermaAjay says, ratings is decided by match points based on the # of matches played by that team.

    While I respect your opinions, it is to be remembered that ANY team can only play against based on who their opposition is, on a given day. You cannot say BD is bad, or WI is bad, because on a given day, ANY team can be great, or bad, or mediocre, and still win their game.

    That is the beauty of the game, and if not for that, there would be no charm, heart breaks and surge of emotions.

  • Nadeem on March 26, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    AB deserve to be at top of the world. He is anti chock and i believe that SA has great chance under AB to win Champions trophy and WC . AB is really innovative player.

  • Altaf on March 26, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    India got advantage of winning against poor Westindies, Newzealand. Their 3-0 lost in England and winning 1 of 8 ODIs in Australia are overshadowed. Theoretically they are No. 1 but we know how much they deserve.

  • Andrew on March 26, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    It is a strange game cricket ... If you win the toss ... you can decide to bat or bowl ... If the game gets away from you ... You find it hard to come back ... If it is your day and get off to a flyer the other team find it hard to come back ... Pakistan were placed in the situation where their bowlers won them the game on two occasions ... The other times the batsmen of South Africa got away ... like that fish on the end of the line ... just to reel it in to see nothing ...

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