Following a dominating series whitewash against Sri Lanka, India’s star performers in the series, Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj, have witnessed significant gains in the ICC ODI rankings. The former Indian skipper has now reached fourth place in the rankings for batters, while Siraj charted his way to third place in the bowling rankings.
Virat Kohli, who smashed a couple of centuries in the recently concluded ODI series, was named the player of the series for his prolific outings. His incredible prowess saw him move up four places in the ICC rankings, climbing up to fourth place with a tally of 750 points.
The upcoming series could see him move up to a second position as he is not too far behind the Proteas pair Rassie van der Dussen and Quinton de Kock, who are standing in second and third places, respectively. Meanwhile, India’s fast bowling sensation and probably their best ODI bowler at the moment, Mohammed Siraj has claimed career-best rating points to climb up to the third place in the bowling rankings.
Mohammed Siraj kept on doing well in the Sri Lanka series, where he grabbed nine scalps in just three games. He has been in rollicking form in ODIs since the start of the previous year, and he could quite possibly dethrone Trent Boult at the summit of the bowling charts in the upcoming schedule.
The Men in Blue will now be hosting the Kiwis in a three-match ODI series, commencing on the 18th of January in Hyderabad.
Leading up to the series opener, India lost Shreyas Iyer to a back injury, ruling him out of the upcoming series. Rajat Patidar has been named the replacement for the injured batter, who will be traveling to the NCA for further assessment. Meanwhile, T20 superstar Suryakumar Yadav is likely to take Iyer’s place in the playing XI for the series opener.