Kohli continues to lead ICC batting chart


India captain Virat Kohli continues to top the ICC ODI batting chart while his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni has gained three positions to be placed 12th in the latest rankings issued today.

In the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings, there are a number of movements but the top five batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders have remained unchanged.

Kohli is on top of the table, followed by Australia’s David Warner, South Africa’s AB de Villiers, Joe Root of England and Babar Azam of Pakistan.

Dhoni, meanwhile, has moved up three places to 12th after scoring 154 runs in the series against West Indies, while Ajinkya Rahane has been rewarded for finishing as the leading run-getter in the series with 336 runs with a jump of 13 places that has put him just outside the top 20 on a career- high 23rd position.

West Indies’ Shai Hope has vaulted 20 places to 61st in the latest rankings. Batsmen heading in the right direction following Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe series are Niroshan Dickwella 38th (up by seven places), Sikandar Raza 51st (up by three places), Hamilton Masakadza 57th (up by 14 places), Upul Tharanga 64th (up by 10 places) and Danushka Gunathilaka 70th (up by 36 places).

However, no Indian features in the top 10 bowlers and all-rounders lists which is being headed by Australia’s Josh Hazlewood and Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.

In the bowlers’ list, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jason Holder and Ravichandran Ashwin have returned to the top 20.

Kumar has moved up six places to 13th, Holder is now 18th after improving five places following his eight wickets in the series, while Ashwin is 20th after leaping 10 places.

Sikandar Raza and Hardik Pandya are the biggest movers in the all-rounders’ list. Raza has jumped 17 places to claim 10th position for the first time in his career, while Pandya is now 26th after moving up 22 places.

In the recently played series, India defeated the West Indies by 3-1 while Zimbabwe overpowered Sri Lanka by 3-2, resulting in changes to the ODI team rankings, giving West Indies renewed hope in the race to the 30 September 2017 cut- off date for direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.