India’s Virat Kohli was dropped to third position in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) batting rankings for One-Day Internationals (ODI) released on Tuesday as South African Hashim Amla overtook him following the Proteas’ 2-0 victory in a three-match series against New Zealand.
AB de Villiers has retained the top spot with 883 points but Amla, with scores of 38 and 119 in the series, closed the gap to 28 points.
Kohli, however, will get a chance to move up the order when he takes the field against Sri Lanka in a five-match series starting Nov 2 as only two points separate the second and third ranked batsmen.
The biggest mover was 33-year-old New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi who has risen 52 places to 62nd after his impressive showing against South Africa.
In the ODI team rankings, South Africa reclaimed the summit spot after winning in New Zealand. They had entered the series trailing Australia by one point but moved to the top following their 72-run victory in the second ODI in Mount Maunganui Oct 24.
This is the first time in five years that South Africa have surged to the top of the ODI team table. They last enjoyed the spot in September 2009 before losing the status to Australia following they first round elimination from the ICC Champions Trophy.