Climbs to No. 1 in ICC Rankings, Dethroning Babar Azam
Shubman Gill has dethroned Babar Azam as the No.1 ODI batter globally, as per the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Batting Rankings. Gill’s solid performance during India’s campaign at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup allowed him to rise to the top position, becoming only the fourth player from India to hold the No.1 ODI batter ranking, following Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, and Virat Kohli.
Gill’s contributions include scores of 92 against Sri Lanka and 23 against South Africa in the last week, accumulating a total of 219 runs from six innings in the tournament.
On the other hand, Babar Azam, who had been the No.1 ranked ODI batter for over two years, drops to the second spot, trailing Gill by six rating points. This change in ranking marks the end of Babar’s reign as the world’s top ODI batter.
Furthermore, it was a significant day for India as fast bowler Mohammed Siraj ascended to the No.1 spot in the list for ODI bowlers with 10 wickets at the World Cup, contributing to a major shake-up within the top 10 rankings for both batting and bowling in ODIs. Four Indian players find themselves in the top 10, underscoring their excellent performance at the World Cup.
Other notable movements in the rankings include Shreyas Iyer climbing 17 places to 18th on the list of ODI batters, and Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman and Afghanistan‘s Ibrahim Zadran making significant progress.
In the ODI bowling rankings, the top 10 looks quite different than it did at the start of the World Cup. Four Indian players are within the top 10, led by Mohammed Siraj, followed by Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami.
Among the significant changes in the bowling rankings, South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj and Australia’s Adam Zampa have made substantial progress. The leading wicket-taker at the World Cup, Sri Lanka’s Dilshan Madushanka, has jumped 31 places to the 45th spot in the ODI bowling rankings.
Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh maintains his position as the No.1 ranked all-rounder despite exiting the World Cup due to injury. Australia‘s Glenn Maxwell has improved to sixth place in the all-rounder rankings following his remarkable performance against Afghanistan.
It’s been a remarkable day for India, with Shubman Gill ascending to the top as the No.1 ODI batter, while Mohammed Siraj leads the bowlers’ rankings. This shift in the rankings reflects the exceptional performance of the Indian cricket team at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
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