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De Villiers regains number-one batting spot

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Lahore: Faf du Plessis of South Africa has stormed up the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings following a stellar performance in Harare in which he scored 464 runs and played a leading role in his side’s victory in the triangular series.

 

Du Plessis hit three centuries and a half-century for which he has been rewarded with a jump of 33 places that has put him just outside the top 10 in 11th position. The middle-order batsman had arrived in Zimbabwe in 54th position on 519 ratings points but returned home in 11th position on 701 ratings points. These are his career-best ranking and ratings, to date.

 

Du Plessis is the fourth South Africa batsman to feature inside the top 11 with captain AB de Villiers regaining the number-one position from team-mate Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock slipping two places to ninth.

 

Amla had entered the triangular series leading de Villiers by one ratings point. He dropped 22 ratings points after scoring 172 runs, which handed the top spot back to de Villiers who retained his pre-series ratings points of 869 following his series total of 215 runs with a century and a half-century.

 

Australia’s Aaron Finch, who finished the series as the second leading run-getter with 250 runs, has gained 18 places and has moved to a career-high 34th spot while Finch’s partner, Phil Hughes, has moved up 24 places to 47th after scoring 161 runs in his comeback series.

 

The tournament has also helped Zimbabwe’s players to improve their rankings.

 

Off-spinner Prosper Utseya and fast bowler Tendai Chatara have leaped 10 and 14 places to reach 34th and 56th positions, respectively. Utseya was the third leading wicket-taker of the tournament behind Dale Steyn and Nathan Lyon.

 

Steyn’s 10 wickets for 212 runs in the tournament have seen him move up one spot to number three in the ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers.

South Africa’s spin duo of Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso have also achieved career-best rankings. Tahir has moved up 10 places to 26th position while Phangiso has gained 28 spots and he is now in 68th spot.

Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 7 September, after triangular series in Harare and five-match series between England-India):

 

Batsmen

 

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points    Ave        HS Rating

1         (+1)       AB de Villiers     SA         869       50.22     885 v SL at Hambantota 2014

2         (-1)        Hashim Amla      SA         848       54.36     901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

3         ( – )        Virat Kohli          Ind         845       51.24     886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014

4         ( – )        George Bailey     Aus        837       49.22     867 v SA at Harare 2014

5         ( – )        K Sangakkara      SL          800       40.13     853 v Afg at Mirpur 2014

6         ( – )        MS Dhoni            Ind         771       53.11     836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

7         (+3)       S Dhawan            Ind         740       42.53     746 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014

8         (-1)        TM Dilshan         SL          739       37.99     767 v Pak at Sharjah 2013

9         (-2)        Q de Kock            SA         720*     44.07     747 v Zim at Harare 2014

10        (-1)        Ross Taylor         NZ         713!      40.07    713 v Ind at Wellington 2014

11        (+33)     F du Plessis         SA         701!      35.83    701 v Aus at Harare 2014

12        (-1)        Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak        696       43.75     744 v SL at Fatullah 2014

13        (-1)        K Williamson      NZ         688!      39.51    688 v Ind at Wellington 2014

14        (-1)        Shane Watson      Aus        659       41.06     773 v SL at Hambantota 2011

15        (+1)       Michael Clarke    Aus        657       45.06     750 v SL at Melbourne 2008

16        (+1)       A Mathews          SL          651       38.13     652 v Pak at Hambantota 2014

17        (-3)        A Shehzad           Pak        649        34.65     670 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

18        (-3)        M Hafeez             Pak        646       30.98     665 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

19        (+8)       Suresh Raina       Ind         639       35.72     669 v Eng at Dharamsala 2013

20        (-1)        Martin Guptill     NZ         635       39.16     684 v Zim at Napier 2012

 

Selected Rankings

 

Rank    (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points    Ave        HS Rating

22        (-4)        Eoin Morgan       Ire/Eng  619       38.26     690 v Aus at The Oval 2010

23        (-1)        Alastair Cook      Eng        618       37.62     752 v Aus at Lord’s 2012

25        (-1)        Rohit Sharma      Ind         614       35.86     672 v WI at Kochi 2013

27        (-4)        Ian Bell                Eng        606       36.82     702 v Ind at Edgbaston 2007

28        (-2)        JP Duminy           SA         605       38.82     668 v Net at Mohali 2011

29        (+13)     Joe Root               Eng        602*!    36.48     602 v Ind at Headingley 2014

30        ( – )        Brendan Taylor   Zim        601       33.30     667 v NZ at Napier 2012

32        (+1)       Jos Buttler           Eng        591*!    31.74     591 v Ind at Headingley 2014

34        (+18)      Aaron Finch         Aus        582*!    37.85     582 v SA at Harare 2014

43        (+11)     R Jadeja               Ind         549!      35.08    549 v Eng at Headingley 2014

(+3)       James Faulkner   Aus        549*!    43.15     549 v SA at Harare 2014

68        (+32)     Ajinkya Rahane   Ind         493*     27.82     501 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014

 

Bowlers

 

Rank     (+/-)       Player   Team     Points                  Ave        Econ      HS Rating

1         ( – )        Saeed Ajmal        Pak        782       22.18     4.13      810 v SA at Centurion 2013

2         ( – )        Sunil Narine        WI         764       26.49     4.10      791 v SL at Jamaica 2013

3         (+1)       Dale Steyn           SA         712       25.63     4.82      746 v Ind at Durban 2013

4         (-1)        J Anderson           Eng        690       29.10     4.94      719 v SA at The Oval 2013

5         ( – )        R Jadeja               Ind         677       32.14     4.72      738 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013

6         (+3)       M Hafeez             Pak        657       35.01     4.06      769 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

7         (+1)       M Johnson           Aus        656       26.11     4.84      724 v Ban at Darwin 2008

8         (-2)        Clint McKay        Aus        650       24.37     4.78      709 v Eng at Cardiff 2013

9         (-3)        Ryan McLaren     SA         646       25.35     5.11      681 v Zim at Bulawayo 2014

10        (RE)       Steven Finn         Eng        640       28.41     4.74      755 v NZ at Auckland 2013

11        (-1)        L Tsotsobe           SA         638       24.96     4.75      743 v NZ at Auckland 2012

12        (+1)       Kyle Mills           NZ         633       26.74     4.72      722 v Aus at Melbourne 2009

13        (-1)        R Herath              SL          632       31.85     4.36      703 v SA at Pallekele 2013

14        (+7)       B Kumar              Ind         631       36.07     4.70      633 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014

15        (-1)        J Tredwell            Eng        629*     25.85     4.77      642 v Ind at Trent Bridge 2014

16        (+2)       R Ashwin             Ind         628       32.41     4.88      691 v SL at Hambantota 2012

17        (-6)        Morne Morkel     SA         623       24.28     4.88      717 v SL at East London 2012

18        (-2)        Kemar Roach       WI         617       26.85     4.90      650 v Pak at St Lucia 2013

19        (-4)        S Senanayake      SL          616*     34.82     4.62      629 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2014

20        (-3)        Ravi Rampaul      WI         612       29.16     5.06      628 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2011

 

Selected Rankings

 

Rank     (+/-)       Player   Team     Points                  Ave        Econ      HS Rating

21        (+8)       M Shami              Ind         609       27.58     5.69      610 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014

26        (+14)     Imran Tahir         SA         582*!    18.92     4.25      582 v Aus at Harare 2014

34        (+10)     Prosper Utseya    Zim        550       46.50     4.34      663 v Ban at Harare 2006

56        (+14)     Tendai Chatara    Zim        456*     35.14     5.11      458 v SA at Harare 2014

65        (+2)       JP Duminy           SA         434       40.69     5.02      442 v Zim at Bulawayo 2014

68        (+28)    Aaron Phangiso   SA         431*!    34.21     4.44      431 v Aus at Harare 2014

75        (+27)     Sean Williams     Zim        407*!    56.95     4.76      407 v SA at Harare 2014

 

All-rounders

 

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points    HS Rating

1         ( – )        M Hafeez             Pak        424       438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

2         ( – )        A Mathews          SL          387!      387 v Pak at Dambulla 2014

3         (+1)       R Jadeja               Ind         372       378 v Eng at Edgbaston 2013

4         (-1)        S Al Hasan           Ban        361       453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

5         ( – )        Shane Watson      Aus        320       433 v WI at St Lucia 2012

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