ICC ODI Rankings: Shubman Gill narrows gap with Babar Azam; Mohammed Siraj eyes No.1 spot
Shubman Gill is closing in on the No. 1 ODI batsman spot, narrowing the gap with Babar Azam by just six points in the ICC rankings while, Mohammed Siraj, with six wickets in the World Cup, is getting closer to Australia's Josh Hazlewood.
Shubman Gill, the young Indian opener, has significantly closed the gap with Pakistan's skipper, Babar Azam, in the race for the No. 1 ODI batsman spot in the latest ICC rankings released on Wednesday. Gill, at 24 years old, achieved this feat after becoming the fastest batter to reach 2000 ODI runs during India's World Cup match against New Zealand last Sunday, boosting his ratings points to 823.
Meanwhile, despite Babar Azam amassing 157 runs from five innings at the World Cup, he has experienced a dip in his ratings points, now totaling 829. His most recent performance was a resilient 74 in a losing match against Afghanistan in Chennai. Gill, on the other hand, had missed India's first two World Cup matches due to dengue but managed to score 95 runs in just three games, including an impressive 53 in India's seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh in Pune.
Star batter Virat Kohli, the second leading run-scorer in the World Cup with 354 runs after five matches, has climbed three spots to tie for the fifth position with Australian left-handed opener David Warner, who moved up two spots. South African wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock, fresh from his three centuries in five matches, is now within striking distance, occupying the third position.
In the bowling rankings, India's pace bowler Mohammed Siraj, with six wickets from five World Cup appearances, has risen one place, getting closer to Australia's seamer Josh Hazlewood, who holds the No. 1 ODI bowler spot. South Africa's left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj also ascended two places to secure the third position with a new career-high rating. Notably, Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi (up four places to sixth) and Australia's Adam Zampa (up four places to seventh) have made significant gains inside the top-10.
Finally, Bangladesh's captain Shakib Al Hasan maintains his lead in the ODI rankings for all-rounders. Among other notable movements, South Africa's Marco Jansen surged 23 places to share the 11th position alongside Scotland's Michael Leask in the all-rounders' rankings.