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Kohli tops AB in latest ODI batting rankings

India captain Virat Kohli has moved back to the top position among batsmen in the ICC ODI player rankings within 10 days of losing it to South Africa batsman AB de Villiers.

In the latest rankings update that takes into account India’s home series against New Zealand which India won 2-1 on Sunday, as well as the last match of the South Africa-Bangladesh series and the last two matches of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka series, Kohli has also reached a career-high in terms of rating points.

The 28-year-old Delhi batsman, who scored 263 runs in the series against New Zealand including knocks of 121 in the first ODI in Mumbai and 113 in the final ODI in Kanpur, has reached 889 points, which is the best ever by an India batsman.

The previous highest points tally of 887 was managed by Sachin Tendulkar in 1998 and by Kohli earlier this year.

India opener Rohit Sharma’s 174 runs in the series against New Zealand, which included a fine 147 in the final match, has seen him reach a career-high rating of 799 points, even though he remains in seventh position.

Similarly, Pakistan’s Babar Azam (fourth position) and South Africa’s Quinton de Kock (fifth position) have also attained their highest in terms of rating points.

South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis (up two places to 8th), former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (up one place to 11th), New Zealand batsman Tom Latham (up 15 places to a career-best 23rd), Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (up three places to 37th) and Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Thirimanne (up six places to 47th) are among the batsmen to move up in the rankings.

The list for bowlers continues to be led by Pakistan pace bowler Hasan Ali while India pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah has reached a career-best third position after finishing with six wickets in the series against New Zealand.

Other bowlers to move northwards include left-arm spinners Mitchell Santner of New Zealand (up two places to 14th) and Pakistan’s Imad Wasim (up 14 places to 27th).

Kiwi paceman Adam Milne has also made significant movement, gaining 11 slots to reach 42nd position.

India’s series win over New Zealand was not enough for them to overtake South Africa, who hold the top ranking in the ICC ODI team rankings.

BATTING (top 10)

Rank      ( /-)       Player                    Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating

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

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

   3          ( – )          David Warner       Aus         865        44.94     880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017

   4          ( – )          Babar Azam          Pak         846*!     58.60     846 v SL at Sharjah 2017

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

   6          (-1)          Joe Root                Eng         802         50.00     808 v Win at Bristol 2017

   7          ( – )          Rohit Sharma       Ind          799 !      44.33     799 v NZ at Kanpur 2017

   8          ( 2)         Faf du Plessis       SA           773        43.90     791 v SL at Cape Town 2017

   9          ( – )          Hashim Amla       SA           766        51.25     901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

  10         (-2)          Kane Williamson NZ           760        46.31     798 v SA at Centurion 2015

BOWLING (top 10)

Rank      ( /-)      Player                    Team     Points    Avge     Eco.       Highest Rating

   1          ( – )          Hasan Ali               Pak         759*!     19.82     5.11       759 v SL at Sharjah 2017

   2          ( – )          Imran Tahir           SA           743         23.72     4.64       786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017

   3          ( 3)         Jasprit Bumrah    Ind          719*!     22.26     4.76       719 v NZ at Kanpur 2017

   4          (-1)          Josh Hazlewood  Aus         714         23.85     4.69       732 v Eng at Edgbaston 2017

   5          (-1)          Kagiso Rabada    SA           708         26.08     5.05       724 v Eng at Lord’s 2017

   6          (-1)          Mitchell Starc        Aus         684         20.13     4.81       783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

   7          ( – )          Trent Boult            NZ           671         26.21     5.04       766 v Ind at Delhi 2016

   8          ( – )          Akshar Patel         Ind          653*      31.31     4.43       663 v Aus at Nagpur 2017

   9          ( – )          Rashid Khan         Afg          647*!     14.74     3.97       647 v Win at St Lucia 2017

  10=       ( – )          Sunil Narine          Win         646         26.46     4.12       791 v SL at Jamaica 2013

               ( – )          Liam Plunkett       Eng         646 !      30.22     5.77       646 v Win at Southampton 2017