In a significant shakeup of the ICC Men’s ODI batter rankings, India’s Shubman Gill has dethroned Pakistan’s Babar Azam to seize the coveted number one position. Gill’s meteoric rise to the top has been fueled by his exceptional performances in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023. With a tally of 219 runs in six innings, Gill has been a consistent force for Team India, amassing half-centuries in four of his matches.
Shubman Gill’s impressive run has propelled him to the top of the rankings, becoming only the fourth Indian player after Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, and Virat Kohli to achieve this feat.
Babar Azam’s reign as the number one ODI batter has ended after over two years, with a drop of six ranking points relegating him to second place. Gill currently sits atop the rankings with 830 rating points, while Babar Azam follows closely with 824 points.
The top 10 of the rankings have also witnessed significant changes. South Africa’s Quinton de Kock holds the third position, while India’s Virat Kohli has made a remarkable three-place jump to occupy the fourth spot with 770 points, thanks to his stellar performances at the World Cup.
Shreyas Iyer, another Indian batter, has also enjoyed a substantial rise, climbing 17 places to reach the 18th position. Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has also moved up three spots to occupy the 11th position.
The ICC ODI bowling rankings have also witnessed some notable movements. Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj has reclaimed his position as the number-one bowler after delivering exceptional performances in recent matches. He is closely followed by South African spinner Keshav Maharaj.
Kuldeep Yadav, another Indian spinner, has jumped three places to secure the fourth position, while Jasprit Bumrah has made a similar leap to eighth place. Mohammed Shami’s presence in the 10th spot ensures that four Indian bowlers occupy positions within the top 10.