Mohammed Siraj Soars to Number-One ODI Bowler Ranking in Latest ICC Rankings
In a sensational turn of events, India’s Mohammed Siraj has clinched the coveted title of the world’s number-one ODI bowler in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings. This achievement comes on the back of Siraj’s remarkable ascent, surging six positions from seventh to the top spot. The talented bowler’s stellar performance in the Asia Cup proved to be the catalyst for this monumental leap.
Asia Cup Brilliance
Siraj’s journey to the summit was nothing short of spectacular. His mesmerizing spell of 6/21 during the Asia Cup was a game-changer, propelling him to the number-one position. The tournament saw Siraj amass an impressive record of 10 wickets at an astounding average of 12.2. This extraordinary feat allowed him to surpass some of the finest bowlers in the world, including Australia’s Josh Hazlewood.
Besides Siraj’s rise, the ICC rankings also witnessed the Afghan spin duo of Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan climbing the ladder. Mujeeb secured the fourth position, while Rashid grabbed the fifth spot, marking their impressive progress within the top 10. Their stellar performances in recent matches contributed significantly to their rankings’ improvement.
Keshav Maharaj and Heinrich Klaasen Making South Africa Proud
Not to be overshadowed, South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj has made a remarkable comeback after recovering from injury. His pivotal role in South Africa’s historic ODI series win, where they bounced back from losing the first two games, showcased his immense talent. Maharaj’s outstanding figures of 4-33 in the fifth ODI contributed to his tally of eight wickets in the series, at an average of just 16.87 per wicket and an economy rate of 4.07 runs per over. This extraordinary performance has propelled Maharaj to the 15th position, a ten-place improvement from his previous career-high ranking.
In the batting department, South Africa’s Heinrich Klaasen has taken the cricketing world by storm. His breathtaking innings in the fourth ODI against Australia left spectators in awe as he smashed an astonishing 174 runs at a strike-rate of 209.64, setting a new record in ODI history. This remarkable display not only played a pivotal role in South Africa’s resounding 164-run victory but also propelled Klaasen an impressive 20 places up in the Men’s ODI Batting Rankings. As a result, he now holds the ninth position in the rankings.
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