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De Villiers joins Amla at the top of ODI rankings

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March 25, 2013

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Shakib back as No. 1 ODI allrounder

  • Shakib Al Hasan has regained his position as the No. 1 ODI allrounder in the world in the latest ICC rankings. He takes over from Mohammad Hafeez who had risen to the top spot in January.
  • The most interesting aspect of this change in rankings is that Shakib hasn't played an ODI since May 22, 2012 in the Asia Cup final. He missed the West Indies ODIs at home in December through a stress fracture on his shin, and isn't playing in the ODI series in Sri Lanka either.

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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Posted by AllroundCricketFan 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?

Posted by adidvlliers 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

Posted by ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on (March 27, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

totally agree with @ KallisTheGreatest

Posted by   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.

Posted by shovwar 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.

Posted by half_blood-prince 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?

Posted by akc5247 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.

Posted by Nadeem1976 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.

Posted by AltafPatel 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.

Posted by Romanticstud 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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