Lungi Ngidi has climbed 57 places on the ICC's ODI play er rankings table. Photo: REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

COLOMBO - Following a prolific series, South Africa's JP Duminy, rose several places in the batting and all-rounder rankings tables after the series against Sri Lanka which ended in Colombo on Sunday.

Duminy rose 11 spots to No 40 in the batting charts of the ICC ODI player rankings after accumulating 227 runs at average of 56.75. Although he managed just two wickets with his part-time off-spin, he shot up 10 places to 23rd on the table for all-rounders.

Quinton de Kock, who was South Africa's second-highest run-scorer with 213 runs in the series, retained his seventh rank. However, South Africa's experienced duo of Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla endured difficult series, and that was reflected in the rankings. Du Plessis, who picked up an injury midway, slipped three spots to No 11 while Amla went to  No 14, dropping two places.

Lungi Ngidi was South Africa's best bowler in the series with 10 scalps from four games, and the 22-year-old was rewarded for the effort with a 57-place surge to the 88th place on the bowlers' ranking charts. Kagiso Rabada took six wickets from four games and climbed one place to No 8. 

Tabraiz Shamsi's left-arm wrist-spin, which earned him six wickets in three matches, helped him climb 47 places to 100th spot while Andile Phehlukwayo's nine wickets from five games helped him climb six places to 52nd.

South Africa had sealed the series with three successive wins, but with Sri Lanka bouncing back for two consolation victories in the end, their players also made gains in the ICC ODI Rankings update. 

As a result, the Proteas slipped behind New Zealand to fourth position in the ICC ODI team rankings. South Africa started the series in third position with 113 points, one more than New Zealand’s 112 points.

The series result saw South Africa slip to 110 points while Sri Lanka gained three points and moved to 80 points, though remaining in their pre-series eighth position. England are on top of the table with 127 points while India are in second position with 121 points.

African News Agency (ANA)

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