Flying ODI starts to propel World Cup stars to the top of the most recent rankings
By siliconindia | Thursday, 12 October 2023, 09:22:34 AM IST
The ICC Men's ODI Batting Rankings have been upended by the ten centuries that have been scored in the first eight matches of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023. As he prepares to make his mark in his final 50-over competition before quitting the format, De Kock's blazing hundred for South Africa against Sri Lanka has moved the opener up one spot to sixth in the batting rankings. A match-winning 85 runs against Australia in the hosts' opening match of the Cricket World Cup propelled India star Virat Kohli two spots higher in the rankings, putting him right behind the South Africa keeper-batter in seventh place.
England opener Malan made an even bigger move as 140 rapid runs against Bangladesh pushed him seven places higher into eighth in the batting rankings. Malan has also reached a career-best rating of 711 to be four points behind Kohli and six points ahead of Pakistan's Imam-ul-Haq, who has dropped three spots to ninth. India keeper-batter KL Rahul (up 15 spots to 19th) and South Africa all-rounder Aiden Markram (up 11 spots to 21st) have also benefited from plundering runs to start the Cricket World Cup.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam holds onto the top spot in the ODI batting rankings despite scores of 10 against Sri Lanka and five against Netherlands so far at the showpiece event. India's young gun Shubman Gill remains in second place even while sidelined due to illness. The top bowlers have also made an immediate impact at the Cricket World Cup, even as runs have flowed in most matches. Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood now holds the top spot on his own in the ICC Men’s ODI Bowling Rankings after sharing the crown with Mohammed Siraj in the previous update.
Hazlewood leaped from 669 to 682 rating points after taking 3/38 against India, including the early scalps of Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer that had the hosts on the ropes. India went on to win that match by six wickets after spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav had torn through the Australia batting line-up to help restrict them to 199 runs. Siraj picked up Australia's last wicket of Mitchell Starc to finish with 1/26 from 6.3 overs but dropped five points and into second spot in the bowling rankings.
Kuldeep has climbed three places to eighth after taking 2/42 against Australia, while Jadeja (3/28) soared 22 spots but still sits outside the top 40 bowlers. New Zealand quicks Trent Boult (up two spots to third) and Matt Henry (up four spots to five) have also risen inside the top 10. Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan holds onto the top spot in the ICC Men’s ODI All-rounder Rankings after taking four wickets in their opening two matches. Mitchell Santner is the only all-rounder to climb higher inside the top 10 after backing up 2/37 against England with 5/59 and a quickfire 36* in a player-of-the-match performance against Netherlands.
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