With splendid performaces in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy, team India captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday once again claimed the top spot in the latest ODI rankings for batsmen. Kohli was on third spot when he entered the tournament. The Indian skipper was 22 points behind number-one ranked AB de Villiers of South Africa, who had been No.1 since 25 February this year, and 19 points behind Australia’s David Warner, Press Trust of India reported. However, with match-winning knocks of 81 not out against Pakistan and 76 not out against South Africa, Kohli leapfrogged de Villiers and Warner into the number one spot. Kohli was last placed at the top spot in January 2017. Not just Kohli, there was good news for opener Shikhar Dhawan too. The left-hander returned into the top 10 by vaulting five places to the 10th spot following his magnificent knocks of 68 against Pakistan, 125 against Sri Lanka and 78 against South Africa. Dhawan’s five-rank jump means his colleagues Rohit Sharma and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni have slipped one place each to 13th and 14th, respectively. On the other hand, Yuvraj Singh to has gained six places, to claim the 88th rank.
Indian pace battery has also seen some gains with the latest change in rankings. Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has led the charge of India’s bowlers by vaulting 13 places. Bhuvi now shares 23rd spot with Afghanistan’s Hamza Hotak. While Umesh Yadav, another fast bowler, has gained two places to be at 41st position, Jasprit Bumrah is at 43rd after climbing up three spots.
However, the spinners have seen a fall in the rankings. Ravichandran Ashwin dropping two places to 20th and Ravindra Jadeja falling three places to 29th. Australia’s pace bowler, Josh Hazlewood, has been named the number-one in the bowlers’ rankings for the first time in his career. However, ICC has made no changes to the list of top five all- rounders’, which is headed by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.