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Du Plessis hit three centuries and a half-century for which he has been rewarded with a jump of 33 places that has put him just outside the top 10 in 11th position. The middle-order batsman had arrived in Zimbabwe in 54th position on 519 ratings points but returned home in 11th position on 701 ratings points. These are his career-best ranking and ratings, to date.
Du Plessis is the fourth South Africa batsman to feature inside the top 11 with captain AB de Villiers regaining the number-one position from team-mate Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock slipping two places to ninth.
Amla had entered the triangular series leading de Villiers by one ratings point. He dropped 22 ratings points after scoring 172 runs, which handed the top spot back to de Villiers who retained his pre-series ratings points of 869 following his series total of 215 runs with a century and a half-century.
Australia’s Aaron Finch, who finished the series as the second leading run-getter with 250 runs, has gained 18 places and has moved to a career-high 34th spot while Finch’s partner, Phil Hughes, has moved up 24 places to 47th after scoring 161 runs in his comeback series.
The tournament has also helped Zimbabwe’s players to improve their rankings.
Off-spinner Prosper Utseya and fast bowler Tendai Chatara have leaped 10 and 14 places to reach 34th and 56th positions, respectively. Utseya was the third leading wicket-taker of the tournament behind Dale Steyn and Nathan Lyon.
Steyn’s 10 wickets for 212 runs in the tournament have seen him move up one spot to number three in the ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers.
South Africa’s spin duo of Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso have also achieved career-best rankings. Tahir has moved up 10 places to 26th position while Phangiso has gained 28 spots and he is now in 68th spot.
England v India
Meanwhile, India’s players have also made gains in the latest rankings following their 3-1 series win over England.
Ajinkya Rahane, the highest run-getter of the series, has benefitted the most as he has vaulted 32 spots to 68th position following his contribution of 192 runs.
Shikhar Dhawan has leaped three places to seventh after scoring 155 runs and now has his captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni firmly within his sights. Dhoni is in sixth position, 31 ratings points ahead.
Suresh Raina has returned to the top 20 in 19th position after his 160 runs in the series, which not only earned him the player of the series award but also provided him a jump of eight places.
Joe Root has once again stood out for England. The 22-year-old, who also played in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand in 2010, was the second leading run-getter in the series with 163 runs. For this, he has been rewarded with a jump of 13 places that has put him in 29th spot, his highest-ranking to date.
Amongst the bowlers, Mohammad Shami has shown the most improvement by climbing eight places to 21st. Shami ended the series as the most successful bowler with eight for 152.
Ravindra Jadeja remains the highest-ranked India bowler, retaining his fifth spot. He trails England’s James Anderson, in fourth position, by 13 ratings points.
Steven Finn has re-entered the ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers in 10th position.
The ICC Player Rankings for All-rounders have seen Jadeja displace Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan to claim the third spot.