Another chapter is added to Nepal’s cricket history as the International Cricket Council released its latest One-Day International rankings for men today (Monday).
The Himalayan Kingdom, after crossing the threshold of eight matches, enters the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings in the 15th position, behind the UAE. The 14th placed UAE too has 15 points, same as Nepal, but it managed to stay ahead of the debutants on marginal decimal point lead.
Meanwhile, India consolidated its position as the No. 2 team in the ODI rankings following a 4-1 impressive win in New Zealand. The one point from the outcome of the five-match series reduced the difference between the table leaders England (126 points) and India (122 points) to a mere four points.
India captain Virat Kohli continues to lead the Men’s ODI ranking for the batsmen, followed by his deputy Rohit Sharma, Ross Taylor and Joe Root. Jaspreet Bumrah stays atop the bowlers’ charts in spite of missing the five-match ODI series with New Zealand.
India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (up one place to fifth) and fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar (up six places to 17th) are among others to move up in the latest rankings update, which also takes into account India’s preceding three-match series against Australia, the five-match series between South Africa and Pakistan, and the three matches between the United Arab Emirates and Nepal.
Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has moved up three places to 17th position during a run, which includes three consecutive half-centuries for a player of the series award against Australia. Kedar Jadhav (up eight places to 35th) is another one to advance for India in the list led by their captain Virat Kohli.
MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings (as of 4 February): 1 England (126 pts); 2. India (122); 3. South Africa (111); 4. New Zealand (111); 5. Pakistan (102); 6. Australia (100); 7. Bangladesh (93); 8. Sri Lanka (78); 9. West Indies (72); 10. Afghanistan (67); 11. Zimbabwe (52); 12. Ireland (39); 13. Scotland (33); 14. UAE (15); and 15. Nepal (15).
The Netherlands will qualify for a full ranking after playing two more matches.
Top 10 batsmen: 1. Virat Kohli (Ind, 887); 2. Rohit Sharma (Ind, 854); 3. Ross Taylor (NZ, 821); 4. Joe Root (Eng, 807); 5. Babar Azam (Pak, 801); 6. Faf du Plessis (SA, 802; 7. Shai Hope (Windies, 780). 8. Quinton de Kock (SA, 758); 9. Fakhar Zaman (Pak, 755); and 10. Shikhar Dhawan (Ind, 744).
Top 10 bowlers: 1. Jasprit Bumrah (Ind, 808); 2. Rashid Khan (Afg, 788); 3. Trent Boult (NZ, 732); 4. Kuldeep Yadav (Ind, 719); 5. Y. Chahal (Ind, 709); 6. M. Rahman (Ban, 695); 7. Kagiso Rabada (SA, 688); 8. Adil Rashid (Eng, 683); 9. M. Ur Rahman (Afg, 679); and 10. J. Hazlewood (Aus, 665).
Top 5 all-rounders: 1. Rashid Khan (Afg, 353); 2. Shakib Al Hasan (Ban, 352); 3. Mohammad Nabi (Afg, 337)4. Mohammad Hafeez (Pak, 296); and 5. M. Ali (Eng, 289). 306 v Aus at Old Trafford 2018