Virat Kohli closes in on Babar Azam in ICC ODI rankings for batters after stunning exploits against Sri Lanka

Kohli finished the three-ODI series with 283 runs to his name, including two hundreds.

Virat Kohli | BCCITeam India recently completed a 3-0 clean sweep over Sri Lanka in the ODI series and the likes of Virat Kohli played a key role in it. As a result, the former India skipper made a notable gain in the updated ICC ODI rankings for batters.

Kohli finished the three-match series with 283 runs to his name, including two hundreds at an incredible average of 141.50. He was deservedly awarded Player of the Series.

Thanks to his stunning exploits, Virat jumped two places to fourth in the rankings table with a total of 750 rating points.

While Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is heading the list with 887 rating points, Kohli has second-placed Rassie van der Dussen (766) and third-placed Quinton de Kock (759) well within his sights.

Virat Kohli isn't the only Indian player to make strides in the updated rankings that. The likes of Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav were also rewarded for their performances against Sri Lanka.

Gill hit a century and a fifty during the series and his 207 runs at an average of 69 helped the opener improve 10 spots to 26th overall on the rankings for ODI batters.

Meanwhile, Siraj claimed nine scalps and was the leading wicket-taker in the three-match series, including a four-wicket haul in the final ODI. Hence, the right-arm pacer leapfrogged a massive 15 spots to third on the list for ODI bowlers.

Siraj also rose to his career-best 685 ratings and he has the chance to become the numero uno ODI bowler if he continues his rich vein of form against New Zealand.

Trent Boult continues to occupy the No. 1 position in the ICC ODI bowling rankings with 730 rating points, while Josh Hazlewood is close in on second place with 727 rating points.

On the other hand, Kuldeep was rewarded for his five wickets from just two matches against Sri Lanka, with the wrist-spinner jumping seven places to 21st on the latest bowler rankings.

(With ICC Inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 18 Jan, 2023

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