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Virat Kohli to defend No. 1 batting ranking in ODI series against South Africa

Imran Tahir, Shakib Al Hasan become number-one ranked bowler and all-rounder, respectively.

SNS | New Delhi |

Indian captain Virat Kohli with 876 points will defend his number-one batting ranking from AB de Villiers, who is just four points behind, while South Africa’s Imran Tahir with 743 points will start the series against India as the number-one bowler in the ICC ODI Rankings, which saw a plenty of movement after it was updated on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma (816) moved one place higher to No. 4, while MS Dhoni (729) slipped by one position to No. 13 in ICC ODI rankings for batsmen. Shikhar Dhawan (726) at No. 14 was the only other Indian batsman in top 15.

In the bowlers’ list, Jasprit Bumrah with 728 points was at the third spot, while Akshar Patel with 643 points gained a place to No. 10.

The biggest mover in the top-50 batsmen is Australia’s Marcus Stoinis, who has vaulted 25 places to 28th position after scoring 221 runs in the series against England. Aaron Finch, who was the leading run-getter with 275 runs, has gained two places and is now in 15th position. The opener has now become his side’s second highest-ranked batsman, with David Warner sitting in third spot overall and captain Steve Smith slipping four places to 17th.

England opener Jason Roy, who played a lead role in guiding his side to a 4-1 series win by contributing 250 runs, has jumped 12 places to 20th spot. Roy is now England’s third highest-ranked batsman after Joe Root (up one place to sixth) and Jos Buttler, who has returned to the top 20 in 18th position by rising three places.

Travis Head and Jonny Bairstow are the other batsmen from the series to move in the upward direction. Head has climbed seven spots and is now 22nd after piloting Australia to their sole victory with 96 runs in a low scoring game in Adelaide, while Bairstow has gained eight places and is now 40th after scoring 157 runs in the series.

Amongst the bowlers, Josh Hazlewood of Australia and England’s Chris Woakes have moved up one place each to fourth and 13th, respectively, while Pat Cummins has risen five places to 14th.

However, Mitchell Starc has slipped one place to eighth, while Liam Plunkett has plummeted eight places to 17th. Adil Rashid, who was the leading wicket-taker in the series with 10 wickets, is now just four points behind the Windies’ 11th-ranked Sunil Narine.

Outside the top-30, Mark Wood has jumped 12 places to join Mirwais Ashraf of Afghanistan and India’s Amit Mishra in 35th position, while Moeen Ali is now in 38th spot after climbing three places.

Meanwhile, Shakib Al Hasan has returned to the top of the all-rounders’ list after scoring 163 runs with the bat and taking nine wickets with the ball. He has replaced Mohammad Hafeez, who is currently suspended from bowling and therefore played as a batsman in Pakistan’s series against New Zealand.

Among the batsmen, Tamim Iqbal has retained his 16th position, Shakib has moved up three places to 30th and Sikandar Raza of Zimbabwe has jumped nine places to 43rd.

In the bowlers’ table, Mustafizur Rahman has gained 12 places and is now 19th after his seven wickets, Tendai Chatara of Zimbabwe has vaulted 13 places to 40th, Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya has leaped 13 places to 45th, while Rubel Hossain has moved to 58th after rising eight places.

ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 29 January, after Aus v Eng, NZ v Pak and tri-series in Bangladesh):

BATSMEN (top 30)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating

   1          ( – )         Virat Kohli             Ind          876         55.74     889 v NZ at Kanpur 2017

   2          ( – )         AB de Villiers        SA          872         54.06     902 v NZ at Auckland 2015

   3          ( – )         David Warner       Aus         823         43.43     880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017

   4          (+1)        Rohit Sharma       Ind          816         45.23     825 v SL at Mohali 2017

   5          (-1)         Babar Azam          Pak         813         51.11     846 v NZ at Wellington 2018

   6=        ( – )         Quinton de Kock  SA          808!       45.85     808 v Ban at East London 2017

               (+1)        Joe Root               Eng         808         50.91     818 v Aus at Brisbane 2018

   8          (+2)        Kane Williamson   NZ          777         46.51     798 v SA at Centurion 2015

   9          (-1)         Faf du Plessis       SA          773         43.90     791 v SL at Cape Town 2017

  10         (-1)         Hashim Amla        SA          766         51.25     901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

  11         (+4)        Martin Guptill        NZ          764         43.75     789 v SA at Hamilton 2017

  12         (-1)         Ross Taylor          NZ          736         44.92     743 v Pak at Dunedin 2018

  13         (-1)         MS Dhoni              Ind          729         51.55     836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

  14         ( – )         S. Dhawan            Ind          726         44.86     794 v SA at Melbourne 2015

  15         (+2)        Aaron Finch          Aus         724         38.55     743 v Eng at Melbourne 2015

  16         ( – )         Tamim Iqbal          Ban         698         34.98     721 v Zim at Mirpur 2018

  17         (-4)         Steve Smith          Aus         692         41.84     752 v Pak at Sydney 2017

  18         (+3)        Jos Buttler             Eng         656         37.63     723 v Ban at Mirpur 2016

  19         ( – )         Mushfiqur Rahim  Ban         652         32.99     671 v Zim at Mirpur 2015

  20         (+12)      Jason Roy            Eng         645         37.84     672 v Aus at Melbourne 2018

  21         (+2)        Kyle Coetzer         Sco         641!       43.07     641 v UAE at Dubai (GCA) 2018

  22         (+7)        Travis Head          Aus         631*       36.68     634 v Eng at Adelaide 2018

  23         (-1)         Ben Stokes           Eng         630         35.10     653 v Win at Bristol 2017

  24         (-6)         Alex Hales             Eng         629         36.24     705 v NZ at Cardiff 2017

  25         (-5)         Eoin Morgan         Eng         626         37.57     690 v Aus at The Oval 2010

  26         (-1)         M. Hafeez             Pak         621         32.83     665 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

  27         (-3)         Angelo Mathews   SL           619         41.86     707 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014

  28         (+25)      Marcus Stoinis      Aus         616*!      62.88     616 v Eng at Perth 2018

  29         (-3)         Ajinkya Rahane    Ind          612         35.27     631 v Aus at Nagpur 2017

  30         (+3)        Shakib Al Hasan   Ban         608         34.95     683 v Pak at Mirpur 2012

 BOWLERS (top 30)

 Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating

   1          (+1)        Imran Tahir           SA          743         23.72     4.64       786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017

   2          (+2)        Trent Boult            NZ          729         24.27     5.02       766 v Ind at Delhi 2016

   3          ( – )         Jasprit Bumrah     Ind          728*       22.73     4.75       730 v SL at Mohali 2017

   4          (+1)        Josh Hazlewood   Aus         714         24.27     4.72       733 v Eng at Adelaide 2018

   5          (-4)         Hasan Ali              Pak         711*       21.40     5.29       766 v NZ at Wellington 2018

   6          ( – )         Kagiso Rabada     SA          708         26.08     5.05       724 v Eng at Lord’s 2017

   7          (+3)        Mitchell Santner    NZ          662!       32.03     4.87       662 v Pak at Wellington 2018

   8          (-1)         Mitchell Starc        Aus         658         20.95     4.93       783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

   9          (-1)         Rashid Khan         Afg         649*!      14.48     3.91       649 v Ire at Sharjah 2017

 10         (+1)        Akshar Patel         Ind          643*       31.31     4.43       663 v Aus at Nagpur 2017

  11         (+2)        Sunil Narine          Win         636         26.46     4.12       791 v SL at Jamaica 2013

  12         ( – )         Adil Rashid            Eng         632         31.78     5.59       655 v Ban at Chittagong 2016

  13         (+1)        Chris Woakes       Eng         630         31.83     5.57       651 v SA at Headingley 2017

  14         (+5)        Pat Cummins        Aus         623         28.45     5.38       626 v Eng at Adelaide 2018

  15=       ( – )         B. Kumar               Ind          621         36.89     4.93       657 v Win at Dharamsala 2014

               (+2)        Matt Henry            NZ          621         24.59     5.57       675 v Aus at Hamilton 2016

 17         (-8)         Liam Plunkett        Eng         616         30.22     5.80       646 v Win at Southampton 2017

  18         (-2)         Mohammad Nabi  Afg         612         32.06     4.29       653 v Zim at Harare 2017

  19         (+12)      M. Rahman           Ban         601*       19.19     4.63       602 v Zim at Mirpur 2018

  20=       ( – )         Shakib Al Hasan   Ban         592         29.46     4.44       717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

               (+3)        Suranga Lakmal   SL           592         31.34     5.35       594 v Ban at Mirpur 2018

  22         (-4)         Morne Morkel       SA          587         24.48     4.94       717 v SL at East London 2012

  23         (+14)      Tim Southee         NZ          582         33.05     5.37       638 v Eng at Wellington 2015

  24         (+2)        M. Mortaza            Ban         580         31.18     4.78       653 v Zim at Mirpur 2009

  25         (+7)        Graeme Cremer   Zim         579!       31.60     4.60       579 v Ban at Mirpur 2018

  26         (-5)         Jason Holder        Win         577         33.15     5.45       605 v SL at Bulawayo 2016

  27         (-5)         Tim Murtagh         Ire           564*       35.79     4.59       575 v Afg at Sharjah 2017

  28         (-3)         Dale Steyn            SA          562         26.62     4.94       746 v Ind at Durban 2013

  29         (-1)         Y. Chahal              Ind          557*!      25.07     4.66       557 v SL at Visakhapatnam 2017

  30         (-1)         Hamza Hotak       Afg         556*       25.40     3.92       571 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

ALL-ROUNDERS (top 10)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Highest Rating

   1          (+1)        Shakib Al Hasan   Ban         360        453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

   2          (-1)         M. Hafeez             Pak         339        438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

            (+1)        Mohammad Nabi  Afg         316        349 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

   4          (-1)         Angelo Mathews   SL           306        427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014

   5          (+6)        Chris Woakes       Eng         302        304 v Aus at Adelaide 2018

   6          ( – )         Jason Holder        Win         282!       282 v NZ at Christchurch 2017

   7          (-2)         Ben Stokes           Eng         278        299 v Win at Bristol 2017

   8          (+2)        Mitchell Marsh      Aus         274        322 v NZ at Canberra 2016

   9          (-1)         Moeen Ali              Eng         268        281 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2016

  10         (-3)         James Faulkner    Aus         267        361 v NZ at Melbourne 2015