India pacer Jasprit Bumrah’s successful outing in Sri Lanka has helped him to reach the 4th spot in the ODI rankings for bowlers. He took 15 wickets against Sri Lanka in the 5-match series which included his career best figures of 5 for 27 in the third ODI at Palekelle.
Bumrah is now behind Australia’s Josh Hazlewood, South African spinner Imran Tahir and Hazlewood’s teammate Mitchell Starc.
Even Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya (up two places to 61st), Kuldeep Yadav (up 21 places to 89th) and Yuzvendra Chahal (up 55 places to 99th) are other India bowlers to gain in the rankings.
However, in the batting department, India skipper Virat Kohli leads the rank and is now with 887 points equaling the highest ODI rating points by an India batsman, recorded by Sachin Tendulkar in 1998. While opener Rohit Sharma and wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni are back in top 10 rankings.
Hosts Sri Lanka has failed to directly qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Teams not getting direct places will get another shot through a Qualifying tournament. The ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 will feature the bottom four sides from the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings and the top two sides from the World Cup Qualifier will play the World Cup.