Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma is back to his usual business, the pinch hitter has evolved into a complete batsman and has filled the opening spot in the team with his graceful stroke play. The Mumbai batsman after a formidable display in the recently concluded Australia ODI series has moved up to the 5th spot in the ICC ODI batsman ranking table. Rohit was the leading run-scorer in the 5-match ODI series and scored a brilliant ton in the 5th ODI steering India to a 7 wickets victory.

Rohit Sharma scored 296 runs at an average of close to 60 in the 5 matches against the Aussies and gained his career best ranking in ODI cricket. He is now placed ahead of Pakistan’ Babar Azam, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and South African wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock. Rohit is also ahead of former Indian captain MS Dhoni and Australian skipper Steve Smith in the list. Indian captain Virat Kohli is the only other Indian that features in the list and continues to hold the top spot with 877 points.

Kohli has a close rival in Australian vice captain David Warner who is now only 18 points behind the Indian captain after a brilliant display against India. Another Indian who claimed career-best ranking apart from Rohit is Kedar Jadhav who jumped 8 places to hold the 36th spot in the table. Ajinkya Rahane also gained 4 places to claim the 24th spot.

In the bowling department, Axar Patel has moved up to the 8th spot after impressing in the last ODI against Australia, Jasprit Bumrah is the only Indian other than him to feature in the top 10 list. South African spinner Imran Tahir has displaced Josh Hazlewood at the top spot with 4 points separating the two. Hazlewood missed the India tour due to injury and has suffered in the rankings. Both Hazlewood and teammate Mitchell Starc share the 2nd and 3rd spot respectively in the ODI rankings table.

Axar Patel is the only Indian spinner in the top 10 list which features only for other turners in Imran Tahir, Rashid Khan and Sunil Narine.

India will next play the 3-match t-20 series against Australia, beginning from 7th October.

First Published | 2 October 2017 4:10 PM
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