While the top three – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ross Taylor retained their position, Quinton de Kock moved four places to make it to the number four in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen, released on Sunday. (ALSO READ: No confusion about the World Cup squad, just need to discuss about one slot: Virat Kohli)
The South African wicketkeeper-batsman scored 353 runs, including a hundred and three fifties, in the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka , playing a pivotal role in the Proteas 5-0 series sweep. Faf du Plessis, who leads South Africa, meanwhile also made progress in the rankings, moving one place up to the number five. The South African skipper was the second-highest run-getter in the five-match series, scoring 272 runs.
New Zealand’s Martin Guptill made big gains as he jumped ten places to make it to the ninth spot following his performance in the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh.
In the bowlers’ rankings, Jasprit Bumrah retained the top spot while the Kiwi pacer Trent Boult moved to second spot, replacing Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, who now occupies the third spot. The South African duo of Imran Tahir (fourth spot) and Kagiso Rabada (fifth spot) made it to the top five. While Tahir, playing in his last ODI series at home, was the leading wicket-taker with nine wickets against Sri Lanka, Rabada shared the second spot (8 wickets) with the fellow pacers Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje.
The biggest gainer in the bowlers’ rankings was Australia’s Pat Cummins, who jumped thirteen places to make it to the seventh spot following his impressive showings in the five-match ODI series against India. Cummins, with 14 wickets, was the leading wicket-taker of the series. (ALSO READ: Pat Cummins hopeful of extending ODI form to World Cup)
In the team rankings, England and India are at the first and second position respectively despite their recent ODI series defeats against West Indies and Australia.