Kohli reclaims first rank in ICC rankings for ODI batsmen, Hazlewood tops bowling chart

Virat Kohli, ODIs

Indian maestro Virat Kohli has leapfrogged AB de Villiers and David Warner to return to the number one rank in the latest ICC One-Day International (ODI) rankings for batsmen.

Kohli was ranked third going into the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, 22 points behind de Villiers who had reached the No.1 rank in March this year. His unbeaten 81 and 76 against Pakistan and South Africa helped him secure a one-point lead over Warner, who is now ranked second. De Villiers dropped to number three position following a dismal Champions Trophy campaign where he only managed 20 runs in three matches. England’s Joe Root and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson are ranked fourth and fifth respectively.

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India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who is the leading run-scorer in the Champions Trophy so far with 271 runs in three outings, has also made a return to the top ten batting chart, moving up five places.

Australia pace bowler Josh Hazlewood has stormed to the top of the ODI bowlers’ rankings for the first time in his career, jumping up four spots to replace South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada. He bagged nine wickets in three Champions Trophy matches, including the best figures ever in the multi-team event’s history against New Zealand. Imran Tahir and Mitchell Starc retained their second and third positions respectively, while Afghanistan’s leg-spin sensation Rashid Khan jumped up 18 places to claim career-best seventh spot.

In the team rankings, South Africa is still ranked number one ODI team despite their early exit from the Champions Trophy, while Australia and India remain No.2 and 3 in order. If India manage to win the ongoing tournament, and play the finale against England, they will eclipse the Proteas to become the number one ODI team.

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ICC ODI rankings for batsmen:

1. Virat Kohli (862 points)
2. David Warner (861)
3. AB de Villiers (847)
4. Joe Root (798)
5. Kane Williamson (779)
6. Quinton de Kock (769)
7. Faf du Plessis (768)
8. Babar Azam (763)
9. Martin Guptill (749)
10. Shikhar Dhawan (746)

ICC ODI rankings for bowlers:

1. Josh Hazlewood (732 points)
2. Imran Tahir (718)
3. Mitchell Starc (701)
4. Kagiso Rabada (685)
5. Sunil Narine (683)
6. Trent Boult (665)
7. Rashid Khan (647)
8. Chris Woakes (630)
9. Liam Plunkett (624)
10. Mohammad Nabi (618)

ICC ODI team rankings:

1. South Africa (119 points)
2. Australia (117)
3. India (117)
4. England (114)
5. New Zealand (111)
6. Bangladesh (95)
7. Sri Lanka (93)
8. Pakistan (91)
9. West Indies (77)
10. Afghanistan (54)
11. Zimbabwe (46)
12. Ireland (41)

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