India skipper Virat Kohli has finally regained his No.1 position in the ICC ODI batsmen rankings. He lost the top spot to South Africa star batsman AB de Villiers 10 days back.
Taking into account, India’s home series against New Zealand which India won 2-1 on Sunday and the last match of the South Africa-Bangladesh series and the last two matches of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka series, Kohli has also reached a career-high in terms of rating points.
Kohli smashed 263 runs in the 3-match series against New Zealand including knocks of 121 in the first ODI in Mumbai and 113 in the final ODI in Kanpur, has reached 889 rating points, which is the best ever by an Indian batsman. The previous highest points tally of 887 was managed by Sachin Tendulkar in 1998 and by Kohli earlier this year.
India opener Rohit Sharma’s 174 runs in the series against New Zealand, has helped him to reach a career-high rating of 799 points, even though he remains in the seventh position.
South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis (up two places to 8th), former India skipper MS Dhoni (up one place to 11th), New Zealand batsman Tom Latham (up 15 places to a career-best 23rd), Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (up three places to 37th) and Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Thirimanne (up six places to 47th) are among the batsmen to move up in the rankings.
Coming to the bowlers Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali while India pacer Jasprit Bumrah has reached a career-best third position after finishing with six wickets in the series against New Zealand.
Other bowlers to move northwards include left-arm spinners Mitchell Santner of New Zealand (up two places to 14th) and Pakistan’s Imad Wasim (up 14 places to 27th). Adam Milne has seen a significant rise as he gained 11 slots to reach 42nd position.
India’s series win over New Zealand was not enough for them to overtake South Africa, who hold the top ranking in the ICC ODI Team Rankings.