Kohli regains top spot in ICC ODI rankings for batsmen

Virat Kohli, the India skipper, has jumped up two spots to reclaim the top spot in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen while Josh Hazlewood took positive strides among the bowlers, moving up four positions to be ranked the No. 1 bowler for the first time in his career.
Kohli, who was ranked No. 3 ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 – 22 points behind No. 1 ranked AB de Villiers and 19 points behind David Warner – leapfrogged the duo following knocks of unbeaten 81 against Pakistan and 76 not out against South Africa. He now has a one point advantage over Warner, who also moved up a spot in the rankings which were released on Tuesday (June 13) following the conclusion of the league stage of the Champions Trophy.
South Africa’s poor showing in the ongoing competition had a direct bearing as far as the rankings are concerned. Apart from de Villiers, Quinton de Kock also dropped down two spots to be currently ranked No. 6, Faf du Plessis moved down a spot to No. 7 while Hashim Amla moved out of the Top 10.
Shikhar Dhawan, meanwhile, has returned to the Top 10 after strong performances in the tournament. Following knocks of 68 (vs Pakistan), 125 (vs Sri Lanka) and 78 (vs South Africa), the left-handed opener has gained five positions to be currently ranked No. 10. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was also rewarded for his good showing in the Champions Trophy. With knocks of 100 (vs Australia), 87 (vs England) and 57 (vs Bangladesh), he moved up by four positions to No. 5.
England had a lot of positives after their three successive wins that put them in the semifinals. Joe Root gained one position to move up to the fourth spot in the rankings for batsmen while Ben Stokes gained nine positions to enter the Top 20. England’s bowlers too moved up in the rankings with Liam Plunkett jumping up seven spots to be ranked No. 9 and Adil Rashid gaining the 11th rank by moving up by nine positions.
There was some positive news for Afghanistan as well following their good showing in the ongoing ODI series against West Indies. Rashid Khan, the 18-year-old leg-spinner who picked up a career-best 7 for 18 in the first ODI and followed it up with figures of 3 for 26 in the second, has had a massive gain, moving up by 18 positions to be ranked No. 7.
There was no change in the top-five list of all-rounders while Ben Stokes gained one spot to be currently ranked No. 6. India’s Ravindra Jadeja moved up three positions to No. 8.
There was also no change in the rankings of the top three sides, although South Africa have have dropped three points while Australia have lost one. England, meanwhile, have swapped places with New Zealand and are currently ranked No. 4.
India have a chance to top the rankings at the end of the competition. But for that to happen, they will have to qualify for the final and need to face England in the all-important clash. Kohli and his men then need to beat the hosts in order to move up to 119 rating points and move ahead of South Africa by a fraction.
ICC ODI Team rankings as on June 13:
1. South Africa (119 points) | 2. Australia (117) | 3. India (117) | 4. England (114) | 5. New Zealand (111) | 6. Bangladesh (95) | 7. Sri Lanka (93) | 8. Pakistan (91) | 9. West Indies (77) | 10. Afghanistan (54) | 11. Zimbabwe (46) | 12. Ireland (41).
Top 10 batsmen as on June 13:
1. Virat Kohli (862 points) | 2. David Warner (861) | 3. AB de Villiers (847) | 4. Joe Root (798) | 5. Kane Williamson (779) | 6. Quinton de Kock (769) | 7. Faf du Plessis (768) | 8. Babar Azam (763) | 9. Martin Guptill (749) | 10. Shikhar Dhawan (746).
Top 10 bowlers as on June 13:
1. Josh Hazlewood (732 points) | 2. Imran Tahir (718) | 3. Mitchell Starc (701) | 4. Kagiso Rabada (685) | 5. Sunil Narine (683) | 6. Trent Boult (665) | 7. Rashid Khan (647) | 8. Chris Woakes (630) | 9. Liam Plunkett (624) | 10. Mohammad Nabi (618).
Top 10 all-rounders as on June 13:
1. Shakib Al Hasan (361 points) | 2. Mohammad Hafeez (339) | 3. Mohammad Nabi (329) | 4. Angelo Mathews (306) | 5. James Faulkner (299) | 6. Ben Stokes (288) | 7. Mitchell Starc (273) | 8. Ravindra Jadeja (254) | 9. Chris Woakes (253) | 10. Jason Holder (252).

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