ICC rankings: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma maintain ascendancy in ODIs, KL Rahul at number two in T20Is

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Published on: Aug 27, 2020

Indian captain Virat Kohli and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma have retained the top two positions in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen. They stand first and second respectively as per the latest ranking released on Wednesday. In Test matches, Australia’s number one batsman Steve Smith is still ruling charts, followed by Kohli and in-form Aussie Marnus Labuschagne. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are the other Indians in the Test Top 10.

In T20Is, talented Indian batsman KL Rahul is at the second place. Pakistan’s Babar Azam is at the number one spot while Australia’s limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch is third. In the bowling ranking, India’s pace sensation Jasprit Bumrah occupies the number one position in ODIs and Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins is at the top spot in Tests. As for T20Is, Afghanistan’s number one spinner Rahid Khan is at the numero uno position.

In the team rankings, India are second in ODIs, after England, and third in Tests as well as T20Is. Looking at the impact of recent performances, England batsman Zak Crawley’s 267 at Southampton has lifted him to a career-best position of 28. Further, James Anderson’s seven-wicket match haul has pushed him back into the Test top 10 among bowlers. Anderson, who became the first fast bowler to claim 600 Test wickets, rose six spots to eighth position.

England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler, who contributed a fine 152 in the Test, is at the 21st spot with 637 points. Meanwhile, all-rounder Ben Stokes has had to give away the number one all-rounder’s slot to West Indies captain Jason Holder after missing two Test matches.

Looking at Pakistan, their captain Azhar Ali’s fluent 141 in the first innings saw him gain 11 places and reach the 23rd position. Further, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan is at number 72 after his first-innings fifty.

--By A Cricket Correspondent

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