ICC ODI rankings: Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli regains the top position
Opener Rohit Sharma, who led his team to Asia Cup 2018 in the absence of top-ranked Virat Kohli, on Sunday climbed two places up to a career-best 2nd position to make it a 1-2 for India in the ICC ODI batting rankings.
This is for the second time that Rohit Sharma is in 2nd position, having first reached no. two in July this year. He totals 317 runs in the tournament, which India won by beating Bangladesh in the final by 3-wickets.
Shikhar Dhawan, who was highest run-getter with 342 runs, gained four slots to reach 5th position.
The pair was rested in India’s last Super 4 match which finished in a tie against Afghanistan but still led the run total, thanks largely of a 210-run partnership in the Super 4 match against Pakistan in which Rohit Sharma slammed an unbeaten 111 and Shikhar Dhawan scored 114.
Another India player to gain in the ODI rankings table is spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who has advanced three places to take a career-best 3rd position after finishing as the added-highest wicket-taker along with Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan and Bangladesh’s fast-bowler Mustafizur Rahman, all of who finished with 10 wickets each.
Rashid Khan has displaced former Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan from the top of the all-rounders’ list. He has become the 1st from his country and 32nd overall to reach the top position in the ranking list with a jump of 6-places.
Rashid Khan accomplishment with the ball saw him cross the 800-point mark during the tournament, which saw in action five of the 10 teams to battle it out in one year from now’s ICC Cricket World Cup, and he likewise chipped in with 87 runs to achieve career-best 97th position among batsmen.
Afghanistan opener Mohammad Shahzad has gained 19 slots to reach 36th position, his highest in 2-years, while spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman has gained 15 slots to reach 8th position.
For Bangladesh, wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has achieved a career-best 16th position, while Liton Das has progressed 107 positions to achieve 116th rank after his fine century in the final. Mustafizur has climbed four spots to take the 12th position among bowlers.
Pakistan left-hander Imam-ul-Haq has gained 15 spots to achieve a career-best 27th position while Shoaib Malik has picked up 12 slots to achieve the 42nd position. Junaid Khan has increased seven slots to achieve 30th position among bowlers.
For Sri Lanka, Upul Tharanga has gained two positions to achieve 41st rank while Hong Kong skipper Anshuman Rath’s knock of 73 spots against India has led him to 55th position with 532 points, the highest ever points count for a Hong Kong batsman.
Anshuman Rath’s opening partner Nizakat Khan has gained 28 slots to achieve a career-best 78th ODI rank.
In the ICC ODI Team rankings, there is no change in positions in the ranking list led by England, who are followed by India, Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the West Indies.
However, India has gained one point and Afghanistan five. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have lost three points each.