The 23-year-old Pakistani pacer Hasan Ali secured 5 for 34 in the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi and Pakistani side won by 7 wickets for a decisive 3-0 lead in the 5-match series. He has taken 9 wickets in the series so far, has moved up six places to become the 5th bowler at the top of the ICC ODI rankings.
Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is back as the top all-rounder, passing Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan. He has reached the top spot for the 9th time, he first attained top ranking in January 2013.
De Villiers astonishing knock of 176 only 104 balls in the 2nd ODI against Bangladesh in Paarl, which consisted of 15 fours and 7 sixes. South Africa has passed India at the top of the ICC ODI Ranking by taking a 2-0 winning lead in the 3-match series.
De Villiers reach to the top of the ODI ranking for the 14th time in his career. The latest rankings, which include first 3 matches of the Pakistan vs Sri Lanka series in the UAE, and the first two matches of the South Africa vs Bangladesh series.
De Villiers, who has crossed India captain Virat Kohli and Australian David Warner, had first secured top position in May 2010. Remarkably, De Villiers has now been at the top for 2,124 days while Richards was on top for 2,306 days, so the number of days he has spent at the top is second most after great Vivian Richards.
Other batsmen in top ranking are Pakistan’s Babar Azam (up two places to a career-best fourth position), the South African player Quinton de Kock (up three places to 5th) and Hashim Amla (up two places to 9th), and Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim (up 5 places to 18th).