AB de Villiers has climbed to the top spot in the ICC rankings for batsmen for One-Day Internationals, overtaking David Warner, it was announced on Friday (March 10). The South Africa ODI captain scored 262 runs at an average of 87.33 in the five games against Sri Lanka to lead his side to a 3-2 series win over the hosts.Warner, who is at No. 2, holds a 19-point lead over Virat Kohli, who is at No. 3. This is the 10th time de Villiers finds himself on top of the table, with the first occasion in 2010. Joe Root too has jumped four places to climb to fourth spot after his century in the third and final ODI against West Indies, going past Faf du Plessis.
In the bowlers’ rankings, Kagiso Rabada broke into the Top 5 for the first time in his career and now holds the fifth spot. The table is led by Imran Tahir, who is followed by Sunil Narine and Mitchell Starc at the second and third spot respectively, with Trent Boult holding the fourth slot.
Shakib al Hasan topped the all-rounder’s list with Mohammad Nabi, Angelo Mathews, Mohammad Hafeez and James Faulkner following him.
South Africa continue to be the No. 1 ranked ODI side while Australia, New Zealand, India, England and Sri Lanka look comfortable to earn direct qualification to the World Cup in 2019. The race is a tight one between Bangladesh, Pakistan and West Indies, who are competing for the two remaining spots. The top eight sides as on September 30 this year will earn direct qualification while the other teams will play qualification tournament in Bangladesh next year.