ICC ODI rankings: Kohli, Sharma consolidate; Dhawan gains

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In India’s rally to clinically demolish Australia in the three-match One Day International series, following the drubbing in the opener at Mumbai, skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma have consolidated their respective positions atop the ICC ODI rankings.

Both Kohli and Sharma have strengthened their grip on the top two positions while left-hander Shikhar Dhawan advanced in the ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings after notable performances against Australia, states an ICC Press release.

KL Rahul has jumped into the top 50 with a gain of 21 positions.

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Kohli and Sharma have gained two and three ratings points, respectively, after starring in a 2-1 win in the three-match home series, which helped India retain their second position in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings with World champions England on the top.

Kohli is No. 1 with 886 points after his Player of the Series effort of 183 runs while Sharma’s 171 runs, which included a match-winning 119 in the final ODI in Bengaluru, have taken him to 868 points and strengthened his No. 2 position. Pakistan’s Babar Azam is in third position with 829 points.

Dhawan has gained seven slots to reach 15th position with 170 runs in two innings, missing a chance to bat in Bengaluru after injuring his shoulder while fielding. Lokesh Rahul, who opened in his place in the final ODI, has gained 21 slots to reach 50th position with an aggregate of 146 runs.

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has moved up two slots to 27th among bowlers after finishing with four wickets in the series. He also scored 45 runs in two innings and has gained four places in the all-rounders’ list to be ranked 10th.

Steve Smith, who topped the series with an aggregate of 229 runs including a knock of 131 in the final ODI, has been rewarded with a four-place jump to 23rd position. David Warner, a formerly top-ranked batsman in the format, has moved up one place to sixth while captain Aaron Finch has moved up one place into 10th. Wicketkeeper Alex Carey is in 31st position after gaining two slots.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa’s five wickets in the series see him advance 20 places to reach 37th position while Kane Richardson has moved from 77th to 65th.

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ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings (as of 20 January 2020):

Batsmen (top 10): 1. Virat Kohli (Ind 886); 2. Rohit Sharma Ind (868); 3. Babar Azam (Pak 829); 4. Faf du Plessis (SA 815); 5. Ross Taylor (NZ 810); 6. David Warner (Aus 796); 7. K Williamson (NZ 789); 8. Joe Root (Eng 776); 9. Q de Kock (SA 773); and 10. Aaron Finch (Aus 769).

Other selected rankings: 15. S Dhawan (Ind 710); 23. Steve Smith (Aus 683); 31. Alex Carey (Aus 608); 50. Lokesh Rahul (Ind 539).

Bowlers (top 10): 1. Jaspreet Bumrah (Ind 764); 2. Trent Boult (NZ 737); 3. M Ur Rahman (Afg 701); 4. Kagiso Rabada (SA          684); 5. Pat Cummins (Aus 673); 6. Chris Woakes (Eng 664); 7. M Amir (Pak 656); 8. Matt Henry (NZ 653); 9. L Ferguson (NZ 648); 10 . Mitchell Starc (Aus 645).

Other selected rankings: 27. R Jadeja (Ind 573); 37. Adam Zampa (Aus 518); and 65. K Richardson     (Aus 446).

Aldl-rounders (top five): 1. Ben Stokes (Eng        304); 2. M Nabi  (Afg 301);3. Imad Wasim (Pak 278); 4. Chris Woakes (Eng 259); and 5. Rashid Khan (Afg 253).

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