De Villiers and Amla top the charts

Captain and vice-captain of the Proteas go into the ICC Cricket World Cup as the top two batsmen in One Day International (ODI) rankings.

AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla will go to the World Cup as the top two batsmen in ODI cricket, following the release of the latest rankings by the ICC on Monday, February 2.

De Villiers retains his position at the top while Amla replaces India’s Virat Kholi in second place second, following the series against the West Indies where he was the top run-scorer.

Despite missing out the series against the West Indies due to injury, Quinton de Kock is the only other South African in the top 10, having dropped two places to number nine.

Both De Villiers and Amla will go into the tournament with great form after they enjoyed a particularly successful series against the West Indies.

Dale Steyn retained his third spot in the ODI bowling rankings, with Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal and West Indian Surine Narine, both spinners, ranking number one and two respectively.

SA Cricket Magazine reported, “Neither of them will, however, represent their countries at the World Cup. Both players pulled out of the tournament after failing to sufficiently remodel their bowling actions.”

Other South Africans among the top 10 include fast bowler Morne Morkel, who slips down one place to number 10. He is followed by spinner Imran Tahir who jumps eight places to slot in at number 11.

The ICC ODI team rankings also revealed that Australia will be hosting the tournament as the number one ranked team in the world on 120 points. Australia co-host the World Cup with New Zealand.

The Proteas rank at number three with 113, six points behind the Aussies and only one behind India who are second.


Ranking Country
1 Australia
2 India
3 South Africa
4 Sri Lanka
5 England
6 New Zealand
7 Pakistan
8 West Indies
9 Bangladesh
10 Zimbabwe



Ranking Player Team Pts Aver
 1  AB de Villiers SA 891 52.16
 2 Hashim Amla SA 867 56.41
 3 Virat Kohli India 831 51.50
 4 Kumar Sangakarra Sri Lanka 823 40.99
 5 T Dilshan Sri Lanka 785 39.00
 6 Kane Williamson NZ 757 45.00
 7 Shikhar Dhawan India 725 42.75
 8 MS Dhoni India 721 52.29
 9 Quinton de Kock SA 720 42.45
 10 George Bailey Australia 717 41.74


Watch AB, Hashim, Dale, Vernon and Faf surprise one of their fans in the video below:

Other South Africans

Ranking Player Team Pts Aver
 20 Faf du Plessis SA 630 33.84
 37 David Miller SA 591 34.55
 93 Rilee Rossouw SA 423 29.71



Ranking Player Team Pts Aver
 1 Saeed Ajmal Pakistan 748 22.18
 2 Sunil Narine WI 734 26.49
 3 Dale Steyn SA 724 25.14
 4 James Anderson England 716 28.84
 5 Mitchell Johnson Australia 683 25.50
 6 Shakib Al Hassan Bangladesh 680 27.92
 7 Mitchell Starc Australia 636 21.27
 8 Mohammad Hafeez Pakistan 631 35.01
 9 Rangana Herath Sri Lanka 629 31.07
 10 Morne Morkel SA 628 24.69


Other South Africans

Ranking Player Team Pts Aver
 11 Imran Tahir SA 625 20.23
 34 Vernon Philander SA 551 22.25
 35 Wayne Parnell SA 550 29.25
 71 Aaron Phangiso SA 433 38.20
 74 JP Duminy SA 432 40.78

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