ISLAMABAD: India’s Virat Kohli has reclaimed the number one position in the latest ICC player rankings for ODI batsmen, which were released on Sunday after the conclusion of the Asia Cup. Kohli had entered the Asia Cup, trailing number one ranked South African batsman AB de Villiers by two ratings points. Kohli’s tournament aggregate of 189 runs in three innings with 136 against Bangladesh as his series best earned him 12 ratings points, which has put him ahead of South Africa’s ODI captain by nine ratings points. Following his knock of 136, Kohli had achieved his career high rating of 886 but finished with 881 ratings points after scores of 48 (against Sri Lanka) and five (against Pakistan). He didn’t bat against Afghanistan. Kohli was last ranked number one just before the ODI series against New Zealand in January.
Other batsmen to head in the right direction include Shikhar Dhawan in eighth (up by three place), Ahmed Shehzad in 17th (up by four places), Umar Akmal in 19th (up by six places), Rohit Sharma in 22nd (up by one place), Angelo Mathews in 28th (up by four places), Mushfiqur Rahim in 35th (up by eight places), Shahid Afridi in 44th (up by five places) and Ravindra Jadeja in 50th (up by 12 places). Strong batting performances in the Asia Cup have resulted in a reshuffle of the positions, with Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Thirimanne, who won the player of the tournament, making the biggest progress. The left-handed opener has jumped 29 places to a career-best 39th position.
In the ICC player rankings for ODI bowlers, India spinners – Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin – are the biggest gainers inside the top 20. Jadeja has earned four places and is now in fifth position after claiming seven wickets in four matches, while Ashwin’s nine wickets in the series has given him a lift of seven places that has put him in 14th position. Amit Mishra has also gained five places to be at 36th.
Meanwhile, India team has been guaranteed to retain its number two position in the ICC ODI Team Rankings at the 1 April cut-off date. India finished with 113 ratings points, just one ahead of third-ranked Sri Lanka, to walk away with a prize of $75,000. There was no other change in the table with all sides retaining their positions. Australia were assured of the number one ranking on the cut-off date in January after India lost their ODI series against New Zealand 0-4. The Aussies will receive the ODI Shield as well as a cheque of $175,000.
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