Despite India’s ODI series defeat against England, Virat Kohli held on to his No.1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen. The Indian captain registered scores of 75, 45 and 71 and finished the three ODIs with an average of 63.66. Kohli didn’t only hold on to the top spot, but also secured his career-best rating points – 911.
England’s ace batsman Joe Root has jumped up four places to attain the second position in the latest released ICC ODI rankings for batsmen. Root finished the just concluded three-match ODI series against India as the leading getter, with England securing it by 2-1.
Root’s 216 runs in 3 innings, including two centuries, played a significant role in England’s comeback after facing a demoralizing ODI series opener loss at Trent Bridge. While Root scored a majestic 113* in the second ODI at Lord’s, he made a well-composed 100* in the series-decider tie at Leeds.
With Root moving up, other top batsmen had to make way. Pakistan’s star batsman Babar Azam slipped one place to No.3 while the tainted Aussie opener David Warner moved down two spots to fifth. Veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor went down one position to No. 6 and India’s ODI vice-captain Rohit Sharma stayed at No.4, thanks to his 137* in the first ODI against England.
Two wrist-spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Adil Rashid, also gained massive boost from the three ODIs between India and England.
While the England leggie Rashid, who finished the series with six wickets, achieved career-high 681 rating points, India’s wrist spinner Kuldeep ended the series with 684 rating points after having achieved a career-high earlier in the series following returns of 6/25 and 3/68 at Trent Bridge and Lord’s respectively.
There were no changes in the top five as Jasprit Bumrah (1), Rashid Khan (2), Hasan Ali (3), Trent Boult (4) and Josh Hazlewood (5) stayed at their respective positions.
(With ICC inputs)