Quinton de Kock moves to fourth in ODI rankings
South Africa opener Quinton de Kock has grabbed the fourth position among batsmen in the ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings after scoring 363 runs in his team’s 5-0 victory over Sri Lanka.
The 26-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman scored one century and three fifties in the series and won the player of the series award. He gained four slots in the latest rankings, which also see South Africa captain Faf du Plessis move up to the fifth position after scoring 272 runs.
India captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma remain at number one and two after scoring 310 and 202 runs, respectively, in the home series against Australia, which they lost 3-2.
Meanwhile, Chris Gayle’s effort of 424 runs against England, including two centuries, have lifted him 35 places to 41st position, New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill’s 264 runs against Bangladesh have taken him from 19th to ninth position, Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan has moved up 16 places to 87th position while Usman Khawaja’s 383 runs have lifted him 83 places to a career-best 25th place.
Other batsmen to move up include Jos Buttler (up five places to 13th) and captain Eoin Morgan (up three places to 17th) of England, Shimron Hetmyer of the West Indies (up 16 places to 23rd), India’s Kedar Jadhav (up 11 places to a career-best 24th), Australia’s Marc Stoinis (up 15 places to 29th) and South Africa’s Aiden Markram (up 12 places to 89th).
In the list for bowlers, two formerly top-ranked players have made significant gains. New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult has moved up one place to second after finishing with six wickets against Bangladesh while South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir has gained seven slots to reach fourth place after taking nine wickets against Sri Lanka.
Other bowlers to advance include Australia’s Pat Cummins (up 13 places to seventh), New Zealand’s Lockie Ferguson (up 12 places to 22nd), England’s Mark Wood (up eight places to 24th), South Africa’s Lungi Ngidi (up 21 places to 26th), West Indies captain Jason Holder (up 10 places to 30th) and Andy McBrine of Ireland (up 10 places to 42nd).
Meanwhile, South Africa have gained one point while Sri Lanka