Keshav Maharaj becomes No 1 ODI bowler in latest ICC player rankings, dethrones Mohammed Siraj from the top

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Ahead of the semi finals of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, there has been a major shift in the ICC ODI bowlers’ rankings as South African left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj has dethroned Indian seamer Mohammed Siraj from the top spot. In the latest update to the rankings, Maharaj has climbed to the top with 726 ratings to his name while Siraj sits on the second spot with 723 ratings.

The 33-year-old has had a magnificent campaign in the ongoing tournament having scalped 14 wickets from nine innings at an average of 24.71 and a brilliant economy of 4.37. Maharaj is the third-highest wicket-taker for South Africa in the ongoing cricketing extravaganza and his best figures of 4/46 came against New Zealand in Pune.

He also bowled a brilliant spell of 1/30 in ten overs against India in a high-scoring game in Kolkata. Apart from his bowling heroics, Maharaj also shone with the bat for the Proteas in their sixth league fixture against Pakistan in Chennai as he scored the winning boundary in the 48th over with just one wicket left in the innings.

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On the other hand, Siraj has also looked in fine form in the ongoing World Cup having scalped 12 wickets from nine matches at an average of 28.83 and an economy of 5.20. His new ball partner Jasprit Bumrah has climbed two spots and now ranks on the fourth position with 687 ratings to his name. On the other hand, wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav has also climbed two spots and now occupies the fifth spot with 682 ratings to his name.

Virat Kohli slips down to fourth spot

Apart from the bowlers, Shubman Gill has maintained his top spot in the ODI batters’ rankings. The 24-year-old has 832 ratings to his name after he dethroned Pakistan skipper Babar Azam from the top last week. Babar occupies the second spot with 824 ratings while star India batter Virat Kohli has also dropped one place below and now sits on the fourth spot with 772 ratings. Kohli has been replaced by South Africa wicketkeeper batter Quinton de Kock who’s having a dream run in the ongoing World Cup and now sits on the third spot in the batters’ rankings with 773 ratings to his name.

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