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Virat Kohli stays at No.2 in ICC ODI Batsmen’s Ranking

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Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Australia opener David Warner has India’s second-ranked Virat Kohli firmly within his sights following a stellar performance in the Chappell-Hadlee series, which concluded in Melbourne on Friday with Australia winning 3-0.

Warner finished as the leading run-getter with 299 runs in three matches, which has not only helped him to consolidate his No.3 ranking but has also allowed him to cut Kohli’s lead from 62 points to just two points. South Africa’s AB de Villiers is the No.1 ranked batsman on the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, 13 points ahead of Kohli.

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The fight for the No.1 ranking will resume next month when Kohli is likely to feature in the three-match series against England (15-23 Jan), Warner is expected to take the field against Pakistan in the five-match series (13-26 Jan) and de Villiers is expected to lead South Africa in the five-ODI series against Sri Lanka (28 Jan-10 Feb).

Meanwhile, New Zealand opener Martin Guptill and Australia’s trio of Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh and Josh Hazelwood have all achieved career-high rankings.

Guptill has been rewarded for his 193 runs in the series with a rise of two places, which has put him in sixth position, Smith has jumped six places to 10th following series contribution of 236 runs, Marsh has gained three places to rise to 22nd position, while Hazlewood has vaulted 12 places to join Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi in 11th position following six wickets in the series.

Pat Cummins, who was the leading wicket-taker with eight wickets, has returned in 47thposition while other bowlers to make upward movements include James Faulkner (23rd, up by two places) and Mitchell Santner (50th, up by 16 places).

Trent Boult, who was the leading wicket-taker in the series with eight wickets, has retained his No.1 ranking. He leads South Africa’s Imran Tahir by eight points, with West Indies’ Sunil Narine one more point behind in third position.

There is no change to the all-rounders’ list, which is headed by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, who is followed by Angelo Mathews, Mohammad Nabi, James Faulkner and Mitchell Marsh.

On the ICC ODI Team Rankings, No.1 ranked Australia has moved up from 118 points to 120 points, while New Zealand has dropped behind India in fourth position. New Zealand had started the series on 112 points, but the 3-0 defeat has meant it has dropped to 109 points.

Here is the ICC ODI Team rankings:

Team Matches Points Rating
Australia 54 6506 120
South Africa 52 6024 116
India 53 5891 111
New Zealand 49 5340 109
England 54 5804 107
Sri Lanka 60 6057 101
Bangladesh 30 2840 95
Pakistan 51 4555 89
West Indies 37 3168 86
Afghanistan 26 1341 52
Zimbabwe 50 2409 48
Ireland 20 834 42

Here are the ODI Player rankings

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