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Kagiso Rabada to start ICC Champions Trophy ranked No. 1 ODI bowler

Rabada displaced senior statesman Imran Tahir to become the No. 1 ranked ODI bowler ahead of his first Champions Trophy participation.

Kagiso Rabada
South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada (Photo credit ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa is ranked one of the favourites to lift the ICC Champions Trophy and they got a major fillip going into the tournament. On the back of a stunning performance in the last ODI against England, where he wrecked the top order by picking 4/39, Rabada moved four places to dismantle fellow countryman, Imran Tahir, to become the No. 1 ranked ODI bowler in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers.

Aged 22, Rabada is the youngest to top the bowlers ranking since Saqlain Mushtaq, who was just 21 when he achieved the feat in 1998. The former U-19 star finished the series with 7 wickets and was named the man of the match in the final inconsequential ODI.

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South Africa have the best batsman too

Incidentally, South African skipper AB De Villiers is ranked as the No. 1 ODI batsman in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen hence South Africa will start their ICC Champions Trophy camp with both top bowler and batsman in the world in their ranks. The Proteas have three more batsmen in the top ten – Quinton de Kock, who is at the 4th position; vice-captain du Plessis, who is at the 6th position; and Hashim Amla at 10th.

All top eight ranked teams will participate in the mega tournament. The competition is going to be fiercely intense, as it is in the ranking. De Villiers, Warner and Kohli are top three ranked batsmen and are separated by just 22 points between them. The equation is similar as the top three ranked bowlers – Rabada, Tahir and Starc – are separated by 23 points.

South Africa are the No. 1 ranked ODI team with 122 points. The other countries are not far behind as Australia trail by just 4 points, India 5, New Zealand 8 and England a mere 10 points. This tournament could well change the equation of the rankings as teams will jostle against each other.

Bangladesh ahead of former champions

Bangladesh are currently the 6th ranked team in the ratings, ahead of former World Champions – Sri Lanka, Pakistan and West Indies. Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan will be given a chance to gain points as they will compete against higher ranked teams which will help them qualify directly for the ICC World Cup in 2019.

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 30 May, before the ICC Champions Trophy)

Rank    Team            Points

  1. South Africa      122 (-1)
  2. Australia           118
  3. India               117
  4. New Zealand     114
  5. England          112 (+2)
  6. Bangladesh       93
  7. Sri Lanka          93
  8. Pakistan           88
  9. West Indies       79
  10. Afghanistan       52
  11. Zimbabwe         46
  12. Ireland              41

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 30 May, before the ICC Champions Trophy)

Batsmen (top 20)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts       Avge    Highest Rating

1       ( – )       AB de Villiers     SA        874      54.38    902 v NZ at Auckland 2015

2       ( – )       David Warner    Aus      871      44.84    880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017

3       ( – )       Virat Kohli         Ind       852      53.11    886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014

4       (+2)      Q. de Kock       SA        776      43.71    803 v NZ at Wellington 2017

5       (-1)       Joe Root           Eng      772      47.89    792 v Ire at Lord’s 2017

6       (-1)       Faf du Plessis   SA        765      43.34    791 v SL at Cape Town 2017

7=     (+1)      Babar Azam      Pak      762*!    55.08   762 v WI at Guyana 2017

( – )       Martin Guptill    NZ        762      43.66    789 v SA at Hamilton 2017

9       ( – )       K. Williamson    NZ        742      45.90    798 v SA at Centurion 2015

10      (+1)      Hashim Amla    SA        734      50.22    901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

11      (-1)       Steve Smith      Aus      733      43.67    752 v Pak at Sydney 2017

12      ( – )       Rohit Sharma    Ind       717      41.37    761 v Aus at Sydney 2016

13      ( – )       MS Dhoni          Ind       712      50.96    836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

14      ( – )       Ross Taylor      NZ        701      44.01    743 v Zim at Harare 2015

15      (-1)       S. Dhawan        Ind       690      42.91    794 v SA at Melbourne 2015

16      ( – )       Alex Hales        Eng      667      37.86    692 v SA at Headingley 2017

17=    (+5)      Eoin Morgan     Eng      646      38.10    690 v Aus at The Oval 2010

( – )       Jos Buttler        Eng      646      36.40    723 v Ban at Mirpur 2016

19      ( – )       Tamim Iqbal      Ban      642!     33.43   642 v NZ at Dublin 2017

20      ( – )       M. Hafeez         Pak      632      32.73    665 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

Bowlers (top 20)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Avge     Eco      Highest Rating

1       (+4)      K. Rabada        SA        724!     24.90    5.13     724 v Eng at Lord’s 2017

2       (-1)       Imran Tahir       SA        722      24.18    4.67     786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017

3       (-1)       Mitchell Starc    Aus      701      19.88    4.81     783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

4       (-1)       Sunil Narine      WI        690      26.46    4.12     791 v SL at Jamaica 2013

5       (+1)      J. Hazlewood    Aus      684*!   25.18    4.65     684 v NZ at Hamilton 2017

6       (-2)       Trent Boult        NZ        683      24.85    4.98     766 v Ind at Delhi 2016

7       ( – )       Chris Woakes   Eng      645      31.56    5.59     651 v SA at Headingley 2017

8       ( – )       M. Nabi              Afg      622      32.33    4.32     653 v Zim at Harare 2017

9       (+1)      S. Al Hasan       Ban      620      28.74    4.38     717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

10      (+1)      M. Santner        NZ        617*!   32.20    4.95     617 v Ban at Dublin 2017

11=    (-2)       Matt Henry        NZ        615      25.26    5.62     675 v Aus at Hamilton 2016

( – )       Akshar Patel     Ind       615*    30.20    4.38     624 v NZ at Visakhapatnam 2016

13      ( – )       Amit Mishra      Ind       609*    23.60    4.72     618 v NZ at Visakhapatnam 2016

14      (+1)      M. Mortaza       Ban      601      30.11    4.75     653 v Zim at Mirpur 2009

15      (+3)      M. Rahman       Ban      600*!   16.00    4.62     600 v NZ at Dublin 2017

16      (+7)      Liam Plunkett    Eng      597*    31.13    5.73     600 v SA at Southampton 2017

17      (-1)       Jason Holder     WI        590      32.90    5.44     605 v SL at Bulawayo 2016

18=    (-1)       Dale Steyn        SA        579      26.62    4.94     746 v Ind at Durban 2013

(+2)      R. Ashwin         Ind       579      32.37    4.91     691 v SL at Hambantota 2012

20      (-6)       Adil Rashid        Eng      576      34.12    5.68     655 v Ban at Chittagong 2016

All-rounders (top five)

Rank    (+/-)      Player               Team     Pts      Highest Rating

1       ( – )       S. Al Hasan       Ban      362      453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

2       ( – )       M. Hafeez         Pak      353      438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

3       ( – )       M. Nabi              Afg      330      349 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

4       ( – )       A. Mathews       SL        309      427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014

5       ( – )       J. Faulkner        Aus      308      361 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

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