ICC ODI Rankings: Virat Kohli still the best batsmen in the world, retains No.1 spot

ICC ODI Rankings – Virat Kohli No. 1: India captain, Virat Kohli’s two half-centuries in the recently concluded Australia vs India ODI series have cemented his spot at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings for batsmen. Despite missing the ODI series owing to a hamstring injury, his compatriot Rohit Sharma remains at number two, five points ahead of Babar Azam who is on third.

During the first ODI of India’s tour of Australia in Sydney, India batsman Hardik Pandya missed out closely from becoming the third batsman to score a century in the match following the likes of Australia captain Aaron Finch and batsman Steven Smith. Playing his first ODI since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Pandya struck 90 in the first game and 92 not out in the third to make his first appearance in the top 50 batsmen at 49th place with a career-best of 553 points.

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From the Australian camp, captain Aaron Finch’s innings of 114 in the first Australia vs India ODI, followed by 60 and 75 helped him up to a career-best tally of 791 points and fifth place, just behind his best of fourth achieved earlier June 2019. Steve Smith’s pair of 62-ball centuries in the first two matches enabled him to move back into the ODI to 20 batsmen for the first time since 2018. He is currently at number fifteen with 707 points. Glenn Maxwell’s 167 runs in the series came at a strike rate of 194.18 and featured two half-centuries, to push him back up to 20th rank. This is the first time he has been in the top 20 since February 2017.

In a series dominated by batsmen, Adam Zampa made the big impact with the ball, enabling him an entry in the top 20 ODI bowlers for the very first time. Zampa’s seven wickets at 23 took him to the fourteenth position with a career-best 623 points. Josh Hazlewood took six wickets and moved up a place to the sixth rank.

MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings (as of 9 December 2020)

Batting (top 10)

Rank         (+/-)  Player      Team   Pts       Avge   Highest Rating
1 ( – ) Virat Kohli India 870 59.31 909 v Eng at Headingley 2018
2 ( – ) Rohit Sharma India 842 49.27 882 v SL at Headingley 2019
3 ( – ) Babar Azam Pak 837 55.93 844 v NZ at Wellington 2018
4 ( – ) Ross Taylor NZ 818 48.44 836 v India at Auckland 2020
5 ( + ) Aaron Finch Aus 791! 41.85 791 v India at Canberra 2020
6 ( – ) Faf du Plessis SA 790 47.47 814 v Aus at Old Trafford 2019
7 (+) David Warner Aus 773 45.45 868 v Pak at Adelaide 2017
8 (- ) Kane Williamson NZ 765 47.48 792 v SA at Centurion 2015
9 ( – ) Quinton de Kock SA 755 44.65 809 v SL at Durban 2019
10 ( – ) J Bairstow Eng 754 47.16 769 v Aus at Durham 2018

 

Bowling (top 10)

Rank          (+/-) Player  Team   Pts      Avge    Eco Highest Rating
1 ( – ) Trent Boult NZ 722 25.29 5.03 768 v WI at Old Trafford 2019
2 (+) M Ur Rahman Afg 701*! 22.44 3.94 701 v WI at Lucknow 2019
3 (- ) Jasprit Bumrah India 700 25.33 4.65 838 v WI at Thiruvananthapuram 2018
4 ( – ) Chris Woakes Eng 675! 30.34 5.54 675 v Aus at Old Trafford 2020
5 ( – ) Kagiso Rabada SA 665 27.34 4.99 718 v Eng at Lord’s 2017
6 (+ ) Josh Hazlewood Aus 660 26.18 4.79 726 v Eng at Adelaide 2018
7 (+ ) Mohammad Amir Pak 647 29.62 4.85 657 v SL at Karachi 2019
8 (- ) Pat Cummins Aus 646 28.78 5.25 725 v SL at The Oval 2019
9 ( – ) Matt Henry NZ 641 26.48 5.40 664 v Aus at Hamilton 2016
10 ( – ) Jofra Archer Eng 637* 24.00 4.74 642 v Aus at Old Trafford 2020