Indian skipper Virat Kohli has managed to hold on to the no.1 position in the latest ICC ODI rankings for batsmen, followed by Australia’s David Warner and South Africa’s AB de Villiers. Former India captain and wicket-keeper MS Dhoni also rose three positions to 12th.
The 28-year-old Indian batsman remained at the top of latest ICC rankings which was released on Tuesday. After Kohli, Warner, de Villiers, England’s Joe Root and Pakistan’s Babar Azam completed the top five spots.
Apart from Kohli, no other Indian batsman was able to enter the top 10 positions, while former Indian skipper Dhoni jumped up three positions to 12th. Ajinkya Rahane, who was the highest run-scorer in the West Indies series, reached a career-high 23rd position.
In the bowlers and all-rounders category, no Indian featured in the top 10. Australia’s Josh Hazelwood and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan were at the top respectively. Bhuvaneswar Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin managed to return to the top 20, settled at 13th and 20th respectively, the latter jumping 10 ranks.
In the all-rounders’ list, Sikandar Raza and Hardik Pandya were the most improved players. Raza ended on 10th, while Pandya is now at the 26th position.
The recently concluded West Indies vs India and Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe series results affected the rankings for the ODI teams. After the loss against Zimbabwe, Sri Lankan players will have the chance to improve their standing if they can get a positive result in the home series against India in August.
ODI team rankings (top-5):
1. South Africa
5. New Zealand
ODI rankings – batsmen
1. Virat Kohli
2. David Warner
4. Joe Root
5. Babar Azam
ODI rankings – bowlers
1. Josh Hazelwood
2. Imran Tahir
3. Mitchel Starc
4. Kagiso Rabada
5. Trent Boult
In the last 5 IND vs SA ODIs, SA was bowled out twice, while IND was bowled out only once.
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