AB joins list of batting greats

2015-04-01 00:00

CAPE TOWN — South Africa’s ODI captain AB de Villiers has reached a new rankings milestone following the completion of the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

In the ICC player rankings for ODI batsmen, De Villiers has become the 11th batsman overall, and second South African after Hashim Amla, to break the 900-point mark.

In ranking terms, 900 points marks out a player as truly great, the ICC’s official website reports.

De Villiers achieved the milestone during the Cricket World Cup semi-

final against New Zealand when he scored 65 not out. He is now eighth on the list which includes the likes of Viv Richards (935), Zaheer Abbas (931), Greg Chappell (921), David Gower (919), Dean Jones (918), Javed Miandad (910), Brian Lara (908) and Desmond Haynes (900).

There is no change in the top five batters, but the biggest movers in the latest rankings are Steven Smith and Martin Guptill, who were on Monday named in the ICC’s team of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Smith finished the series with 402 runs with one century and four half-centuries, while Guptill belted the highest World Cup individual score to date while scoring 237 not out on the way to finishing as the leading run-getter with 547 runs. As a result, Smith has jumped 19 places to a career-high 12th position, while Guptill has finished in 22nd place after rising 12 places.

India opener Rohit Sharma has also headed in the right direction after achieving a career-best ranking of 12th. Sharma scored 330 runs in the series for which he has been rewarded with a jump of seven places.

The curtain fell on the ODI careers of Michael Clarke, Brendan Taylor, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.

Clarke finished his career in 29th spot (up by three places), Taylor 20th (down by four places), Misbah in 12th (up by one place), Sangakkara (second) and Jayawardene 34th (down by five places).

In the ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders, Tillakaratne Dilshan has retained his top spot, followed by Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh. The only change in the top 10 was the entry of South Africa’s JP Duminy, who has moved up four places to ninth spot.

Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi has signed off on his ODI career as sixth ranked all-rounder. In the batting chart, he was 44th while 30th in bowling table.

ICC ODI Player Rankings (as of March 31)

Batsmen

1 ( - ) AB de Villiers SA 902

2 ( - ) K Sangakkara SL 860

3 ( - ) Hashim Amla SA 828

4 ( - ) Virat Kohli Ind 822

5 ( - ) T. Dilshan SL 793

6 (+1) Shikhar Dhawan Ind 756

7 (-1) Kane Williamson NZ 733

8 ( - ) MS Dhoni Ind 731

9 ( - ) Glenn Maxwell Aus 720

10 ( - ) George Bailey Aus 697

Bowlers

1 (+2) Mitchell Starc Aus 783

2 (+3) Imran Tahir SA 734

3 (-2) Saeed Ajmal Pak 718

4 (-2) Dale Steyn SA 717

5 (-1) Sunil Narine WI

6 (+2) Mitchell Johnson Aus 693

6 (+9) Trent Boult NZ 693

8 (-2) James Anderson Eng 670

9 (+1) Morne Morkel SA 666

10 (-3) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 659

All-rounders

1 ( - ) T. Dilshan SL 404

2 ( - ) S. Al Hasan Ban 388

3 ( - ) Angelo Mathews SL 378

4 ( - ) M. Hafeez Pak 368

5 ( - ) James Faulkner Aus 361

6 ( - ) Shahid Afridi Pak 321

7 ( - ) Glenn Maxwell Aus 318

8 (-1) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 298

9 (+4) JP Duminy SA 267

10 (-1) Shane Watson Aus 266.

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