Virat Kohli retained his no 1 position in latest ICC ODI batsman ranking and parallelly he equalled the highest ODI rating points recorded by his idol two decades ago. The one who did it in 1998 was none other than master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Now, in 2017, Virat Kohli increased the lead from 12 to 26 points and now he is having 887 points in his account.
In the recently concluded bilateral ODI series against Sri Lanka, Kohli smashed a total of 330 runs in 5 innings he played which also includes 2 consecutive centuries.
Next in the list is Rohit Sharma who turned out to be the second highest scorer from the Indian team and scored 302 runs. Also, former captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni are both back in the top 10. Sharma, who struck two centuries in Sri Lanka, has gained five slots to reach ninth place while Dhoni’s 162 runs have lifted him two places to 10th position.
Among big movers in the bowling category, pacer Jasprit Bumrah leapfrogged 27 places to the fourth spot in the ICC rankings for bowlers after scalping 15 wickets at an average of 11.26 in India’s 5-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka.
Bumrah has moved up to his career-best fourth position in a list led by Australia pace bowler Josh Hazlewood with South Africa spinner Imran Tahir and Australia pace bowler Mitchell Starc the other two bowlers ahead of him. 23-year-old Bumrah, whose previous best was 24th position in June this year, moved up the table with his Player of the Series effort of 15 wickets, the best by any bowler in a bilateral ODI series in Sri Lanka.
Also gaining in the rankings is India’s left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who moved up from 20th to 10th position after finishing with six wickets in four matches. Patel has thus closed in on his career-high rank of ninth in October last year.
Hardik Pandya (up two places to 61st), Kuldeep Yadav (up 21 places to 89th) and Yuzvendra Chahal (up 55 places to 99th) are other India bowlers to gain in the rankings. Third-ranked India secured three points from their 5-0 victory and pushed their tally to 117. Australia are on 117 as well but stay ahead on decimal points.
(With inputs from IANS)
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