Virat Kohli back as No. 1 ODI batsman; Jadeja fifth in bowling

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Published: Monday, March 10, 2014, 10:57 [IST]
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Dubai, Mar 10: India's Virat Kohli has reclaimed the number-one batting position in the latest ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, which were released at the conclusion of the Asia Cup which was won by Sri Lanka.

Kohli had entered the Asia Cup, trailing number-one ranked AB de Villiers by two ratings points. Kohli's tournament aggregate of 189 runs in three innings, with 136 against Bangladesh as his series best earned him 12 ratings points, which has put him ahead of South Africa's ODI captain by nine ratings points.

Virat Kohli back as No. 1 ODI batsman

Following his knock of 136, Kohli had achieved his career high rating of 886 but finished with 881 ratings points after scores of 48 (against Sri Lanka) and five (against Pakistan). Kohli didn't bat against Afghanistan.

Kohli was last ranked number-one just before the ODI series against New Zealand in January 2014.

Strong batting performances in the Asia Cup have resulted in a reshuffle of the positions, with Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne, who won the player of the tournament, making the biggest progress.

The left-handed Sri Lanka opener has jumped 29 places to a career-best 39th position after he totaled 279 runs in the series, including two centuries.

Other batsmen to head in the right direction include Shikhar Dhawan in eighth (up by three place), Ahmed Shehzad in 17th (up by four places), Umar Akmal in 19th (up by six places), Rohit Sharma in 22nd (up by one place), Angelo Mathews in 28th (up by four places), Mushfiqur Rahim in 35th (up by eight places), Shahid Afridi in 44th (up by five places) and Ravindra Jadeja in 50th (up by 12 places).

The latest rakings also include the three-match ODI between the West Indies and England, with Joe Root the biggest mover. Root, who won the player of the series award, has been rewarded with a jump of 29 places which has put him in 43rd position.

Meanwhile, spinning trio of Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Hafeez and Ravichandaran Ashwin are the biggest gainers inside the top 20 of the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers.

Jadeja has earned four places and is now in fifth position after claiming seven wickets in four matches, Hafeez has climbed three places to 12th after his five wickets, while Ashwin's nine wickets in the series has given him a lift of seven places that has put him in 14th position.

Outside the top 20, player of the final, Lasith Malinga, has jumped 11 places to 22nd. Malinga, who picked five for 56 in the final, was also the highest wicket-taker in the five-team tournament with 11 wickets from four matches.

Other big movers include Mohammad Shami in 26th (up by nine), Sachitra Senanayake in 34th (up by three places), Amit Mishra in 36th (up by five places), Ajantha Mendis in 41st (up by five places) and Suranga Lakmal in 47th (up by 15 places).


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