AB de Villiers takes over from Hashim Amla as 'new' No. 1 Test batsman

Johannesburg, Oct 28 (ANI): South Africa's AB de Villiers has overtaken teammate Hashim Amla as the number one Test batsman after guiding his team to a 1-1 series draw against Pakistan, according to the ICC.

According to Sport24, De Villiers, 29, hit an aggressive 164 in the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

He and skipper Graeme Smith, who made 234, put on 33, a South African record for the fifth wicket and the Proteas won the match by an innings and 92 runs on Saturday, the report said.

De Villiers, who had scored a fighting 90 in South Africa's seven-wicket defeat in the first Test in Abu Dhabi, earned 27 points to go past 900 points in the ratings, the report added.

He is the fifth South African and 28th batsman in the world to reach 900 rating points, the report further said.

Before him Dudley Nourse, Graeme Pollock, Jacques Kallis and Amla were the other South Africans to achieve the distinction, according to the report.

De Villiers was also declared Man of the Series, the report mentioned. (ANI)


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