India skipper Virat Kohli reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in ICC ODI batting rankings ahead of India’s semi-final contest against Bangladesh on Thursday at Edgbaston in Birmingham. At the same time, Australia pace bowler Josh Hazlewood achieved the top spot in the bowlers’ rankings.
Kohli, who entered the tournament on the third position, reclaimed the spot after leading his side to the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals. The rankings were updated after the last round of group matches in the ongoing tournament in England.
The 28-year-old Indian batsman was 22 points behind former number one ODI batsman AB de Villiers when he entered the competition two weeks back. South African had been at the top since February 2017.
Kohlia also overtook Australia’s David Warner, who was at the second position at the start of the tournament. His knock of 81 against arch rivals Pakistan and 76 against South Africa helped him jump over two two batsmen to sit on the number one spot.
Meanwhile, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has returned to top 10 due to his scintillating performance in Champions Trophy where he is currently leading the run scorer list with 271 runs. Yuvraj Singh also jumped to 88th position. Opener Dhawan’s rise, however, meants Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni slipped to a place each.
Meanwhile, Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar jumped 13 places to now sit on the 23rd rank with Afghanistan’s Hamza Hotak. However, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s rankings fell to 20th and 29th respectively.
There is no change in the top five of the all-rounders’ list.
Anil Kumble’s men had a strong start in the tournament as they defeated Pakistan in their opening match by 124 runs. This was however followed by a shock defeat to Sri Lanka. They booked their semifinal spot on Sunday after beating top ranked ODI team South Africa.
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