AB reconquers top spot in ODI rankings

South Africa’s AB de Villiers has regained the top spot in the ICC ODI batting rankings as he returned with a bang in the New Zealand ODI series. His teammate Imran Tahir remains number one bowler in rankings.

de Villiers had made 262 runs at 87.33 in the five-match ODI series. He scored two fifties in the series. It is the tenth time he conquered the top spot in ODI batting rankings. He hasn’t been outside top five since September 2009.

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The 33-year old has 875 points. Australia’s David Warner is next to him with 871 points while India’s Virat Kohli is at no.3 with 852. Joe Root, who scored his 9th ODI century for England on Thursday against West Indies in Barbados, has attained career-best rankings. He jumped four places to seal number four position with 787 points.

Alex Hales, who also scored a hundred (110 runs) in the Barbados ODI, gained four spots to reach 16th position in the rankings. His century against the Caribbeans was his fifth in last 20 ODIs.

Among the Bangladeshi players, Mushfiqur Rahim has lost two positions and is at 19 with 648 points. He is the only Bangladeshi to feature in top 20.

Imran Tahir holds his number spot in the bowling rankings with 750 points. His mate Kagiso Rabada has entered into top five for the first time. He jumped to places to reach number five with 686 points. Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi, who had a good Zimbabwe tour, seals career-best seventh spot with 653 points.

Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan has lost two positions in the rankings. He has 643 points at number eight position. His captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is 12th with 614 points.

England’s Liam Plunkett has jumped 36 places to reach 23rd position with 566 points. He had scalped 10 wickets in the three-match series in West Indies.

In the ICC ODI allrounder rankings, Shakib holds his top spot with 377 points. Mohammad Nabi, Angelo Mathews, Mohammad Hafeez and James Faulkner are next to him.

-Ruffin, Correspondent,

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