Kohli, Bumrah retain no. 1 spot in ODI rankings

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In the recent ICC ODI player rankings on Sunday, Indian Skipper and ace batsman Virat Kohli and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah have retained their respective number one position.

Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who have sealed their position at number one and two respectively, scored 310 and 202 runs, respectively, in their home series against Australia which they lost by 2-3, while New Zealand’s former captain Ross Taylor has retained the third spot.

Quinton de Kock, South African wicketkeeper-batsman has clinched the fourth position after playing a big role in his team’s 5-0 victory over Sri Lanka.

The left-handed batsman scored 353 runs in the series, including one century and three half-centuries, which made him the player of the series and helped him in gaining four slots in the latest rankings. Also, SA skipper, Faf du Plessis move up to the fifth position after scoring 272 runs.

West Indies opener Chris Gayle who scored 424 runs including two centuries, climbed to 41st position from 35. New Zealand opener Martin Guptill’s 264 runs lifted him from 19th to ninth position. Asghar Afghan, Afghanistan captain has moved up to 16 places to 87th position while Usman Khawaja’s 383 runs have made him jump from 83rd position to his career-best 25th place.

Among other batsmen, Jos Buttler ranked 13th and Eoin Morgan ranked 17th of England, Shimron Hetmyer of the West Indies ranked 23rd, India’s Kedar Jadhav grabbed 24th position which is his career-best. Australia’s Marc Stoinis held with 29th place and South Africa’s Aiden Markram sealed the 89th place.

In the rank of bowlers, Bumrah lead the way with two formerly top-ranked players have made significant gains. New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult has moved up one place to second after finishing with his good performance as he took six wickets against Bangladesh.

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While South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir has earned seven slots to fix his position at fourth place after taking nine wickets against Sri Lanka.

Amongst other bowlers, Australia’s Pat Cummins gained seventh, New Zealand’s Lachlan Ferguson settled at 22nd, England’s Mark Wood grabbed 24th, South Africa’s Lungi Ngidi is at 26th, West Indies captain Jason Holder is holding his position at 30th, and Andy McBrine of Ireland is at 42nd place.

For the time being, South Africa has acquired one point while Sri Lanka has lost two points in the ODI team rankings.

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There have been no such changes during the five series except for New Zealand with a very thin margin past South Africa to third position and Australia going past Pakistan to the fifth position.