Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy achieved career-best rankings after inspiring South Africa to a 153-run win over Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle.
Du Plessis is in the 17th position, having jumped four spots, while Duminy’s fourth Test century helped him rise 13 places, to occupy the 31st spot.
Hashim Amla, the South Africa captain, however, has lost his second position, which now belongs to Kumar Sangakkara, and has fallen three places to fifth.
Among the fast bowlers, Dale Styen’s nine wickets earned him eight ratings points by virtue of which he once again broke the 900-point barrier. Steyn, with 906 points, is now just two short of his career-best rating, which he had achieved against Pakistan in Johannesburg last year.
In the team rankings, South Africa’s win has put them on the verge of displacing Australia as the No. 1 ranked Test team in the world. They now need a draw in the second Test in Colombo to move ahead of Australia by a fraction of a point. However, in case of a Sri Lanka win, South Africa will slip to 120 points, three behind Australia, while Sri Lanka will move to 99 ratings points.