Virat Kohli creates history in ICC ODI rankings, becomes first Indian cricketer to achieve it

Kohli became only the second batsman after AB de Villiers to attain the 900-point mark concurrently in both forms of the game

India skipper Virat Kohli is in his prime form in South Africa with 558 runs under his belt in the just concluded One-Day Internationals (ODI) series which Team India won 5-1. On February 20, he achieved a rare feat when he crossed the 900-point mark concurrently in Tests and ODIs in the latest ICC ODI Player Rankings.

With this feat, Kohli became only the second batsman after South Africa’s AB de Villiers to attain the 900-point mark concurrently in both forms of the game. Also, the Indian skipper is one among only five to have crossed 900 points in both forms of the game.

With 909 points, Kohli is placed seventh on the all-time list. The highest on the list is West Indies great Viv Richards, who has 935 points to his name.

Kohli is now a good 22 points clear of Sachin Tendulkar, whose ODI career high of 887 points came against Zimbabwe in January 1998. Kohli’s aggregate is the best since Brian Lara reached 911 points in March 1993.

Player / Team

Rank / Points

Virat Kohli, India

No 1, 909

AB de Villiers, SA

No 2, 844

David Warner, AUS

No 3, 823

Babar Azam, PAK

No 4, 813

Joe Root, ENG

No 5, 808

In bowling, Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan and India pacer Jasprit Bumrah share the top position, an International Cricket Council (ICC) statement said. The 19-year-old highly-rated leggie joined Bumrah at the top with 16 wickets in the series against Zimbabwe which Afghanistan won 4-1 to become the youngest to attain top ranking.

Leg-spinner Chahal moved up eight slots to the 21st position with 16 wickets in the South Africa series while Chinaman bowler Yadav’s 17 scalps saw him move up 15 positions to take the 47th position.

Bumrah’s eight wickets moved him two places to take the joint-first position.

Player / Team

Rank / Points

Jasprit Bumrah, IND

No 1, 787

Rashid Khan, AFG

No 1, 787

Trent Boult, NZ

No 3, 729

Josh Hazlewood, AUS

No 4, 714

Hasan Ali, PAK

No 5, 711

Meanwhile, India (123) continued to top the ODI team rankings, followed by South Africa (117) and England (116).

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