With a clinical performance, South Africa was back on top as No. 1 ODI team. India, who had gained the top spot through their 4-1 victory against Australia a couple of weeks ago, have once again lost the spot to South Africa.
After his sabbatical, AB de Villiers returned to the limited-overs leg in style with a sensational 104-ball 176 to set-up yet another victory for South Africa against Bangladesh. De Villiers secured his career-best ODI figures in his first international innings in four months. The Proteas clinched the three-match ODI series by 2-0 winning the second ODI by 104 runs, courtesy 7 wickets shared between Imran Tahir and Andile Phehlukwayo.
De Villiers was awarded the Man of the Match.
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) October 18, 2017
After the ICC Champions Trophy, India continued to be placed at No. 3. South Africa were then enjoying their tenure as the No. 1 ODI team after thrashing Sri Lanka 5-0 at their den, walloping Australia. At home, India trumped Australia by 4-1, thereby being crowned as the No. 1 ODI team.
Nevertheless, an interesting battle for the top of the ODI rankings could be in the offing even now. India still have the chance to reclaim their throne.India will have to go on to win the series against New Zealand 3-0 to retain the number one position as anything less will see South Africa regain the No. 1 one position should they win the series against Bangladesh 3-0.
The story will also witness a new twist if New Zealand, who are placed at No. 5, thrash India by 3-0.South Africa will remain on top, India at No. 2 and New Zealand will jump to No. 3 toppling England as well as Australia with 115 points.
ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings