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De Villiers regains No.1 spot in ODI rankings

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December 12, 2013

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AB de Villiers celebrates his 15th ODI ton, Pakistan v South Africa, 5th ODI, Sharjah, November 11, 2013
AB de Villiers is now the No. 1 batsman in both Tests and ODIs © AFP
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AB de Villiers, the South Africa captain, has regained the No. 1 spot in ICC's ODI rankings for batsmen after moving up one place at the end of the three-match series against India, which South Africa won 2-0. De Villiers, who replaced Virat Kohli at the top, now leads both ODI and Test rankings for batsmen.

The South Africa captain scored 189 from three innings at an average of 63, including a hundred and a fifty, at a strike rate of 124.34. Quinton de Kock, who was the leading run-getter in the series and broke the record for most runs in a three-match bilateral series, jumped up 61 places to land at a career-best 14th place in the rankings. De Kock scored 342 runs from three innings at an average of 114 and also scored three hundreds in the series, the fifth batsman to score three successive ODI centuries.

Dale Steyn rose up three places to second in the bowlers' ODI rankings after taking six wickets in the two matches he played in and Lonwabo Tsotsobe moved up two places to eighth.

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Posted by Harmony111 on (December 16, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

@ Tumi_tlhomz:

You are not reading what I am arguing about. If SA have a fragile batting in WCs, who is responsible for that? Isn't AB in the team as a batsman? Isn't it is his duty to step up in crunch matches? You see, you are unable to see the difference in Kohli not scoring in a bilateral series, when he wasn't even properly acclimatized, when he was given a very stiff target AND in ABD failing regularly in crunch matches. The last time Kohli was given 350 targets, he scored 100s in both of them, he remained not out & he won the matches for India. Should Kohli score 100s each time? OTOH, when ABD was given 331 by India on slow tracks, he failed. Forget about 331, ABD couldn't even chase 171. WCs are not the only weak point, what did ABD score in ICC-CT SF vs Eng? He got a DUCK batting first.

If ABD is that good why he has no 100s in Eng/Aus? He scored at home cos it is his home. Scoring 100s in SC, as per many ppl isn't much so why count it?

Posted by Tumi_tlhomz on (December 14, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

@harmony 111 also now that you realised that ab has hundreds in sa as well as the sub continent which proves not only can he score on bouncy wickets but the subcontinent, u say he is a home track and flat track bully? Cmon mate that's hilarious. Besides all of us who watched that match in hobart saw it was a lower and slowet track no? Yes he did well to score therr at that rate but for the majority of the series he struggled on the bouncy tracks against both australia and sri lanka.

Posted by Tumi_tlhomz on (December 14, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

@harmony111 firstly ab as you say has scored quite a few hundreds in the subcontinent. Just cos he didn't score in those matches you pointed out doesn't make him less of a player. The proteas batting unit has been known to be fragile in pressure situations esp at world cups which is why it is easy for u to point out world cup matches. I concede to that fact. Anywaya ab has scored hundreds against india before in india,2 in a row in fact so do u want him to score hundreds in all matches he plays against india?

Posted by Harmony111 on (December 14, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

@Belowmind:

Kohli is about 5 yrs younger than ABD yet has more 100s than him in fewer matches. I used to be a BIG fan of ABD honestly. His style is very impressive, he can disrupt the rhythm of any bowler. Subjectively, anyone can have any sort of opinion for any player. But what is irksome is that some people will criticize Kohli on a certain basis but won't do the same for ABD or any other non-Indian batsman. If you talk of a certain parameter then should it not be applied consistently to other peers too?

As for what Kohli did in this series, did I ever deny that he failed this time? But so what? Firstly, he & others had little time to get used to the SA conditions. Secondly, there are a mere two failures in a series that has come & gone. At least Kohli did not fail in more imp matches, unlike ABD.

Finally, why do we hear that India can't play in fast & bouncy conditions even when they were unprepared when Eng, after all those practice matches are sitting ducks in Aus?

Posted by Harmony111 on (December 14, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

@Belowmind:

Kohli is about 5 yrs younger than ABD yet has more 100s than him in fewer matches. I used to be a BIG fan of ABD honestly. His style is very impressive, he can disrupt the rhythm of any bowler. Subjectively, anyone can have any sort of opinion for any player. But what is irksome is that some people will criticize Kohli on a certain basis but won't do the same for ABD or any other non-Indian batsman. If you talk of a certain parameter then should it not be applied consistently to other peers too?

As for what Kohli did in this series, did I ever deny that he failed this time? But so what? Firstly, he & others had little time to get used to the SA conditions. Secondly, there are a mere two failures in a series that has come & gone. At least Kohli did not fail in more imp matches, unlike ABD.

Finally, why do we hear that India can't play in fast & bouncy conditions even when they were unprepared when Eng, after all those practice matches are sitting ducks in Aus?

Posted by Belowmind on (December 14, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

@harmony, You can be a great fan of Kohli but that doesn't mean u should go hard at AB... He is not a great chaser but kohli is. see that doesn't matter here, Cricinfo talks about the whole batting performances by the way Kohli got a great batting lineup to follow but AB isn't. These days South Africans depend on Amla and AB mostly so he got more pressure than kohli. Would you mind if I say he is the captain so he has more responsibilities as well as pressure. So kohli is a kind of player and AB is another. If you are going comment the same way please do it after explaining What did kohli do in this series?

Posted by Harmony111 on (December 14, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

@Tumi_tlhomz:

5. Was ABD able to help SA win the QF in WC vs NZ in Mirpur, BD? It was a way-below-par total of 221 there. You say Kohli has x no of 100s in SC's flat wickets but why was ABD not able to do much on those flat tracks & why did SA lose? On the EXACT SAME ground, Kohli was chasing too vs Pak, was facing a huge total of 329. How many did Kohli score there? 183. That is more than what the whole SA team managed in that QF. Also, Pak have a much superior bowling attack than NZ, with due respect to them. If scoring 100s in SC is so easy why didn't ABD score a 100 vs India in that match? You see, Kohli helps India chase 359 in 44 overs or 321 in 37 overs but ABD's SA could chase 300 only in the final over. This is the diff between Kohli & ABD.

6. Talking of fast & bouncy conditions, ABD has ZERO 100s in Eng & Aus. 6 have come AT HOME, 6 have come in Asia, 1 in Zim. So who is the FTB or the Home bully now?

Posted by Harmony111 on (December 14, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

@Tumi_tlhomz:

1. Small grounds in India? Did you see the tiny grounds for this ODI series? Do you know that when Kohli helped India chase 350 vs Aus a few weeks back, he did it on a ground that had 80 metre boundaries. For comparison, MCG, the biggest ground in the world has 82 metre boundaries. Are you now going to say that 82 metre is huge but 80 metres is small?

2. All of a sudden, Hobart becomes a flat track but 'other' Aus grounds become bouncy? This is the same argument that we had heard when India won at WACA in 2008 that "Oh WACA is usually fast & bouncy but wasn't so this time".

3. You tell me, was this series more imp than WC, ICC-CT, Asia Cup & other crunch matches? Who is picking & choosing?

4. The wickets in ICC-CT13 in Eng were supposedly flat & slow, yes or no? How many did ABD get in the SF there? Did ABD help SA win in WC11 vs Eng on a flat Chennai track chasing 171? Kohli helped India chase 350 TWICE on those same flat tracks where ABD failed. Take that.

Posted by Tumi_tlhomz on (December 13, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

Also @ harmony 111 was ab not the one who played a vital innings of 59 in 32 balls when sa chased down 300 against india in the world cup in 2011? Also ab bats mainly at 4 and sometimes doesn't get as much opportunity to hit hundreds as most odi centuries are scored by the top3.

Posted by Tumi_tlhomz on (December 13, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

@harmony111 you are picking and choosing stats to make your argument. Where was kohli this series? 13 of his 17 hundreds are in sub continental conditions. Usually he has been found out to be inept in bouncy conditions. 1 others hundred away is against zim and the other on a flat track in hobart during a series where he struggled on the bouncy australian wickets. I do conde that ab isn't the best of chasers. Kohli was also hitting hundreds against australia on the flattest of wickets on small grounds where even rohit sharma and george bailey and other batsman feasted.

Posted by Harmony111 on (December 13, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

How nice that ABD scores runs vs a poor & inexp bowling attack in HOME CONDITIONS on grounds that must be the smallest in the world. Naturally, 8 of his 16 100s have come against Zim, Netherlands & WI. None in Eng or in Aus. 12 have come batting 1st.

But otherwise:

He gets out for a Royal 0 in CT13 SF vs Eng.

He, when facing a 300+ target, fells to a Yadav bouncer.

He fails, even on FLAT TRACKS when chasing totals like 171 or 221 in WCs.

SA LOST ALL THESE MATCHES.

How nice that you are #1 but your team hasn't won anything. :-)

This is the difference between ABD & Kohli. ABD scores when it doesn't really matter while Kohli scores vs better bowlers & when the pressure is the highest. India facing a target they have never chased before? Kohli will do it. India are asked to chase the same total yet again? Bingo, Kohli will calmly make yet another 100. India are facing arch rivals Pak's 300 score in Asia Cup? He will score 183. Ind are to chase 321 in 37 overs? Kohli is there.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

He is my fav batsman alongwith kohli ... hes some talent & he deserves it!

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (December 12, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

Such an wonderful cricketer. Love watching him batting. He deserved that spot.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

The best thing about AB is that he can blow both conventional and unconventional shots with equal ease. And some of his shots (reverse sweeping a fastbowler!) are pure genius. Hope he goes on to become an all time great. He has got talent, it is just a matter of application and bloody mindedness. Respect from an Indian fan.

Posted by Jimmyvida on (December 12, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

Congrats ABDV. So pleasing to watch. May you reign for a long time. My belief is that you are now at the top of your game.

Posted by Joe-car on (December 12, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

@Karl-Robert__Yeah, I remember that quite clearly. His statements were laughed off as being inrealistic and was labelled nothing bu a very good player but one who will always be a level below the excellent and great. But he made good on his ambition, thinking back though and seeing him in the mind's eye as the 21 year old who opened the batting in the 2007 World Cup against Aus, maybe that wasn't so ambitious. I remember him and Smith giving Aus quite a scare in the group game, until he was brilliantly run-out from the broundry by Watson(I think). But for me, that was one of his better innings.

Posted by ZkAneela on (December 12, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

AB has got the amazing talent which will keep him at the top for the most of his career.I like him from the very beggining of his career and still enjoying him smashing all kinds of attacks when he is at his best.

Posted by AbdulRauf-99 on (December 12, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

Finally De villiers returned to his original position replacing Virat kohli who is nowhere near the #1 spot.

Posted by Romanticstud on (December 12, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

AB is now the top ranked batsman in tests and ODIs ... Dale is 1st in tests and 2nd in ODIs ... Hash is 2nd in tests and third in ODIs ... South Africa top the test rankings, but are No. 5 in ODIs, why is that? Surely the no result would have allowed South Africa to move into 4th place. We statistically had a good score on the board and were in a probable position for a whitewash. The ranking system is tarnished. Cricket needs a revamp of its ranking systems to move forward.

Posted by Unomaas on (December 12, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

I might be wrong, but I think ABdV is only the third South African ever to achieve the ICC ranking double (ranked first in ODI and Test). The first was Jacques Kallis and the second was Hashim Amla. Can anyone confirm?

It would be an interesting if cricinfo could do a stats article on other individuals who have achieved this.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (December 12, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

Well deserved. When AB gets going it is the best sight in world cricket.

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