Proteas’ Imran Tahir is presently, the No. 1 ranked cricketer of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers.
He started the ODI series at the third position with 712 points. Nonetheless, he bagged 49 points during the series which elevated him ahead of New Zealand’s Trent Boult and Sunil Narine of the West Indies.
The wrist-spinner who also, is the top ranked bowler in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for T20I Bowlers, claimed 10 wickets in the series.
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However, Imran Tahir wasn’t the only Porteas player that soared in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings following the Proteas’ superb performance in the just concluded five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.
With Faf du Plessis’ 410 runs with two centuries and one half-century, he climbed to the top five batting rankings position for the first time in his career.
His outstanding performance throughout the series elevated him above seven batsman and settled him at the fourth position for the first time.
He earned 67 points during the series and is now leading team-mates like Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla.
With De Kock at the fifth position, Amla follows as the seventh-ranked player. And, Du Plessis is respectively leading both players with 10 and 25 points.
Meanwhile, the Standard Bank Proteas are currently, enthroned at the No. 1 position of the Men’s ODI Team rankings.
Congratulating the Proteas for taking the No.1 spot in Men’s ODI Team Rankings Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat remarked that it has been a year without parallel in the history of SA ODI cricket.
“It is almost exactly a year to the day (February 9, 2016) when the team started their current run of success that has seen them win a record 14 ODIs in a row on home soil.
This impressive run shows the sustained excellence they have brought to their game with many individual and team highlights.
Winning clean sweep series is a relatively rare occurrence and to do it twice in a row against the likes of Australia and Sri Lanka, both former World Cup champions, is a fantastic achievement.”
Lorgat added that the “fantastic achievement” augurs well for the forthcoming tours to New Zealand, England, and the ICC Champions Trophy.
“Many congratulations are due to captain AB de Villiers, stand-in captain Faf du Plessis, head coach Russell Domingo and all the players and management.
“Du Plessis achieved the outstanding feat of becoming the second Protea after Hashim Amla to score 400 runs in a five-match ODI Series and he deserves congratulations for that too,” Lorgat further remarked.