Published: Sun, October 22, 2017
Sports | By Ivan Ross

AB de Villiers, Hasan Ali Become Numero Uno ODI Players

AB de Villiers, Hasan Ali Become Numero Uno ODI Players

If South Africa beat Bangladesh 3-0, then they will move to 121 points, who are right now tied with India on 120 points, just decimals ahead.

South Africa batsman AB de Villiers and Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali have assumed the top positions in the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day international rankings.

While Pakistan are now locked in an ODI battle with Sri Lanka, having won the first three of the five matches, South Africa are in the middle of a three-match series against Bangladesh.

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De Villiers insisted that what he need was couple of months away with the family, which he got during the break. "I could feel the ball coming off really well", he said", he said. "It's not something I play for", he added. "It felt like I never really left, but I did miss being playing".

When he played in Paarl, there were many who were dismayed by the team management's decision to risk an in-form batsman, like Tamim, who had already aggravated the injury during the first ODI.

Middle-order batsman Mominul Haque, who is in the ODI squad, will remain with the team for the T20Is as Tamim's replacement with Soumya Sarkar or Liton Das likely to open in his absence.

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Meanwhile, pacer Rubel Hossain climbed seven notches to 61st position after his four-wicket haul in the second ODI against South Africa.

The third and the final ODI will take place on Sunday in East London.

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