South Africa’s AB de Villiers has retained his no. 1 position in the latest ICC ODI Batsmen Rankings. de Villiers has become the second South African after Hashim Amla and 11th overall, to break the 900-point mark. In ranking terms, 900 points marks out a player as truly great.
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 yesterday named in the Team of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Steven Smith played consistently throughout the tournament and Guptill surprised one and all with his blistering double hundred against West Indies in the quarter final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. 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.
|1||AB de Villiers||South Africa||902*|
|2||Kumar Sangakkara||Sri Lanka||860|
|3||Hashim Amla||South Africa||828|
|5||Tillakaratne Dilshan||Sri Lanka||793|
|7||Kane Williamson||New Zealand||733|
*indicates career-highest rating
There are 3 Indian batsmen in this list- Virat Kohli (4), Shikhar Dhawan (6) and MS Dhoni (731).
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).