The ‘never topped the ICC rankings’ all-time ODI XI
The players who couldn't get to the top of the ICC rankings.
Updated - Jul 10, 2021 11:33 am
The International Cricket Council (ICC) Player Rankings refers to a system of ranking players and teams. It gives a clearer picture of which player and team is doing well currently. To make things easier to understand, the ICC have a ranking system for different formats and different roles.
As every format and players’ roles have a different ranking, it gets easier to understand which player is doing good. However, several cricket pundits feel that this ranking system is flawed as it doesn’t give a proper picture of the scenarios and numbers. You can’t really blame them as there are various cricketers who haven’t been ranked “Number 1” in the ICC Player Rankings.
Speaking about ODIs, there are several legendary cricketers who have been consistent in this format but still haven’t topped the charts. So if we were to make an all-time playing XI of these players, which of those stalwarts would have their names in this XI? Today we shall be speaking about –
An all-time XI that never ruled ICC rankings
1) Rohit Sharma
This has to be one of the most shocking names in this XI. How has someone with three double centuries not topped the rankings even once? Rohit Sharma is unarguably one of the greatest ODI batsmen of all time.
In the 220 ODI innings in which he has played so far, India’s current vice-captain in limited-overs has scored 9205 runs. His ODI batting average and strike rate are 48.96 and 88.9 respectively. This also includes 29 centuries.
Only Ricky Ponting, Virat Kohli, and Sachin Tendulkar have scored more number of ODI centuries than him. Rohit Sharma also holds the record for scoring the most number of centuries in a single WC edition (5). He has also scored the highest score in ODI cricket (264).