ICC ODI rankings : Virat Kohli holds on to his top spot despite a poor series against New Zealand

International Cricket Council (ICC) updated it’s ODI ranking for Men’s players after the conclusion of India’s ODI series against New Zealand. Despite losing the series 3-0, India have managed to hold on to the second position in the team’s ranking. New Zealand follow them at 3 but these two teams have a 9 points rating difference. World Champions England comfortably sit at the top after a drawn series against Proteas.

Among the batsmen, the number ranked batsman Virat Kohli has lost 17 points due to his poor show in this series but he has held on to the top rank. Rohit Sharma is placed at 2 but he too has lost 11 points because of his absence in the series. Babar Azam with 829 points is placed at 3 while the Player of The series has gained 18 points and is giving neck & neck competition to Babar for the third rank.

ICC Top 5 Batsmen Ranking

  1.  Virat Kohli ( India ) : 869 points
  2.  Rohit Sharma ( India ) : 855 points
  3.  Babar Azam ( Pakistan ) : 829 points
  4.  Ross Taylor ( New Zealand ) : 828 points
  5.  Faf Du plesis ( South Africa ) : 803 points

For the first time in last 31 months, Kohli rating points have fallen below 870. In the ranking update made in July 2017, he had 866 rating points which remains his lowest in the last 2 and a half years or so.

Talking about bowlers, India’s ace bowler Jasprit Bumrah went wicketless in this series which made him lose his number 1 rank to Trent Boult of New Zealand. Boult however, didn’t participate in this series due to injury but he got benefited from Bumrah’s failure who lost 10 rating points from the previous update made just 4 days ago. Boult too lost 4 points but still leads Bumrah by 8 points.

ICC Top 5 Bowlers Ranking

  1. Trent Boult ( New Zealand ) : 727 points
  2. Jasprit Bumrah ( India ) : 719 points
  3. Mujeeb Ur Rahman ( Afghanistan ) : 701 points
  4. Kagiso Rabada ( South Africa ) : 674 points
  5. Pat Cummins ( Australia ) : 673 points

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the solitary spinner to feature in Top 10 bowlers ranking while none of the other Indian bowlers were able to make into the top 10 either. Yuzvendra Chahal is placed at 13th while Kuldeep Yadav has dropped down to 16th.

Mohammad Nabi is the top ranked All rounder with 301 rating points. Ben Stokes chases him who is just 7 points behind him. Ravindra Jadeja, who is placed at 7th is India’s only All-Rounder in Top 10.

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