India Threaten Pakistan’s Dominance in ICC Men’s ODI Batter Rankings

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Shubman Gill Shines as India’s Top Order Soars in the Asia Cup

In the world of cricket rankings, a significant shift is unfolding as India’s dominance at the Asia Cup puts Pakistan’s stronghold at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Batter Rankings in jeopardy. The Indian cricket team has been unbeaten in the ongoing Asia Cup, and a substantial part of their success can be attributed to a formidable top order, brilliantly led by Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, and skipper Rohit Sharma.

Shubman Gill has been the standout performer for India in the tournament, amassing two half-centuries and a total of 154 runs. His impressive contributions have not gone unnoticed, as reflected in the latest rankings, where he has surged to a career-best second place, with only Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, ahead of him. The gap between Gill and Babar has narrowed considerably, now standing at just 103 rating points, with Babar leading the way on 863 points and Gill notching up 759 points.

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However, Gill’s ascent is not an isolated one. India’s batting prowess is on full display in the latest rankings update. Virat Kohli has climbed two places to secure the eighth position, while Rohit Sharma has also jumped two spots to occupy the ninth spot. This achievement marks a significant milestone for Indian cricket, as it is the first time in over four and a half years that India boasts three players inside the top 10 of the ODI batter rankings.

To find the last instance of such a feat, one must rewind to the beginning of 2019 when opener Shikhar Dhawan joined Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli among the top 10 ODI batters. Pakistan, while still having three players in the top 10, has witnessed some shuffling. Imam-ul-Haq has slipped one place to fifth, and Fakhar Zaman has lost three spots, now standing at the 10th position.

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The impact of India’s performance extends beyond the batting department. Kuldeep Yadav, the experienced Indian spinner, has made notable strides in the ODI bowlers’ rankings, surging five places to claim the seventh spot. His excellent display of skill and control during the Asia Cup earned him this well-deserved recognition. Hardik Pandya, another valuable asset for India, has improved his position by four places, securing the sixth spot on the ODI all-rounder rankings.

Pakistan’s bowlers, too, found reasons to celebrate in the rankings update. Pace duo Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah displayed significant improvement, with Rauf climbing eight places to reach the 21st position and Naseem Shah surging 11 spots to share the 51st spot. These improvements are particularly impressive considering the duo had been nursing minor injuries following their recent encounter against India.

Meanwhile, in another corner of the cricketing world, Australia’s Josh Hazlewood extended his lead at the summit of the ODI bowler rankings. His three-wicket haul in the ongoing series against South Africa reaffirmed his status as one of the premier fast bowlers in the world. Both Australian and South African players have seen notable improvements in the rankings, with South African duo Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi rising ten and fifteen places, respectively, in the ODI bowlers’ rankings.

South African skipper Temba Bavuma’s remarkable century in the series opener against Australia has propelled him a staggering 21 places to the 11th spot on the ODI batter rankings, marking a new career-high rating. Australia’s David Warner and Travis Head have also benefited from their performances, with Warner moving up one place to the fourth position, and Head ascending six spots to reach the 20th position on the batter rankings.

While the focus is predominantly on the ODI format, there have been noteworthy developments in the T20I cricket rankings. Glenn Phillips, the dynamic New Zealand batsman, has risen three places to secure the 11th spot on the T20I batter rankings. His teammates, Tim Seifert and Mark Chapman, have also made significant strides, moving up 32 places to 21st and six places to share the 23rd position, respectively.

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New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi are the standout performers in the T20I bowler rankings, with Santner climbing four places to 15th and Sodhi advancing four spots to the 16th position. England’s Jonny Bairstow has leaped an impressive 31 places to the 30th spot on the T20I batter rankings after a blazing 73 in the final match of the series against New Zealand.

As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India, these rankings updates serve as a testament to the ever-evolving landscape of the sport. With India’s top order making significant strides and players from various nations showcasing their skills, the competition promises to be exhilarating, setting the stage for an enthralling World Cup in the cricket-crazy nation.


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