Kohli and Rohit’s ODI Rankings Surge After World Cup

Kohli and Rohit’s ODI Rankings Surge After World Cup

Virat Kohli is making a strong bid to reclaim the top spot as the world’s No.1 ranked ODI player, gaining significant ground in the latest MRF Tyres ODI Player Rankings.

The Indian cricket sensation showcased outstanding form during the recent ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, accumulating a tournament-best 765 runs.

This stellar performance propelled Kohli to third place in the rankings, just 35 rating points behind his teammate Shubman Gill.

While Gill (826 rating points) retains a narrow lead at the summit of the batter rankings, closely followed by Pakistan’s Babar Azam (824), Kohli (791) and India’s captain Rohit Sharma (up one spot to fourth with 769 rating points) are now in striking distance.

Kohli’s record-breaking three centuries at the World Cup surpassed former teammate Sachin Tendulkar’s mark, and Rohit’s impressive 597 runs made them the tournament’s top run-scorers.

Gill’s modest output of 354 runs and Babar’s 320 runs, coupled with Pakistan’s failure to reach the knockout stages, created an opportunity for Kohli and Rohit to ascend the rankings.

Kohli, who previously held the No.1 ranking for an impressive 1258 consecutive days from 2017 to 2021, is aiming for a resurgence, with Rohit closely trailing.

The surge of the Indian duo has led to South Africa’s Quinton de Kock slipping to fifth place, while Daryl Mitchell of New Zealand climbed five spots to sixth after amassing 552 runs at the World Cup.

Travis Head, the Australian opener, is the highlight of the updated ODI batter rankings, catapulting 28 places to 15th after his stellar century and Player of the Match performance in the World Cup final.

On the ODI bowler rankings, South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj maintains his position at the top, with several Australian players making significant progress post their successful World Cup campaign.

Josh Hazlewood rises four places to second, Mitchell Starc jumps eight spots to 12th, and captain Pat Cummins improves seven ranks to 27th.

In the top 10 ODI bowlers, India’s Mohammed Siraj (third) and Jasprit Bumrah (fourth) remain firmly positioned, while Kuldeep Yadav drops one spot to share the sixth position.

The all-rounders’ rankings witness minimal changes, with Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan holding a comfortable lead. New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner drops to seventh, and Bangladesh’s Mehidy Hasan Miraz rises two places to ninth after the World Cup conclusion.