India’s Bumrah rockets up ODI rankings

India seamer Jasprit Bumrah has made handsome gains in the latest ICC ODI Player Rankings after playing a big role in the team’s 5-0 series whitewash over Sri Lanka.

Bumrah has moved up 27 ranks to a career-best fourth position in a list led by Australia pace bowler Josh Hazlewood with South Africa spinner Imran Tahir and Australia pace bowler Mitchell Starc the other two bowlers ahead of him.

The 23-year-old Bumrah, whose previous best was 24th position in June this year, has moved up the table with his player of the series effort of 15 wickets, the best by any bowler in a bilateral ODI series in Sri Lanka.

His performances included a career-best five for 27 in the third ODI at Palekelle.

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Also gaining in the rankings is India’s left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who has moved up from 20th to 10th position after finishing with six wickets in four matches.

Patel has thus closed in on his career-high rank of ninth in October last year.

Hardik Pandya (up two places to 61st), Kuldeep Yadav (up 21 places to 89th) and Yuzvendra Chahal (up 55 places to 99th) are other India bowlers to gain in the rankings.

India captain Virat Kohli has consolidated his position at the top of the rankings for batsmen after his 330 runs in the series, which included an unbeaten 110 in the last match in Colombo on Sunday, his second century of the series.

Kohli, who is also top-ranked in T20Is, has increased his lead over Australia’s David Warner from 12 to 26 points and is now on 887 points – equaling the highest ODI rating points by an India batsman, recorded by Sachin Tendulkar in 1998.

Rohit Sharma, the second highest run-maker in the series with 302 runs, and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni are both back in the top 10.

Rohit, who struck two centuries in Sri Lanka, has gained five slots to reach ninth place while Dhoni’s 162 runs have lifted him two places to 10th position.

For Sri Lanka, allrounder Angelo Mathews’s 192 runs in the series have helped him gain four slots to reach 23rd position while Niroshan Dickwella (up two places to 36th), Upul Tharanga (up one place to 63rd) and Milinda Siriwardana (up 35 places to 89th) are the others to gain.

Mathews has gained one slot among bowlers to reach 52nd position while spinner Akila Dananjaya has gained 21 places to reach 80th position.

Former skipper Mathews has also gained one position to be fourth among all-rounders.

BATTING Ranking (top 10)

Rank      ( /-)       Player                     Team     Points    Avge     Highest Rating

1           ( – )          Virat Kohli             Ind          887!       55.75     887 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2017

2           ( – )          David Warner       Aus         861         44.72     880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017

3           ( – )          AB de Villiers        SA           847         53.55     902 v NZ at Auckland 2015

4           ( – )          Joe Root                Eng         799         49.37     806 v NZ at Cardiff 2017

5           ( – )          Babar Azam         Pak         786*!     53.88     786 v Ind at The Oval 2017

6           ( – )          Kane Williamson NZ           779         46.98     798 v SA at Centurion 2015

7           ( – )          Quinton de Kock  SA           769         43.44     803 v NZ at Wellington 2017

8           ( – )          Faf du Plessis      SA           768        43.41     791 v SL at Cape Town 2017

9           ( 5)         Rohit Sharma       Ind          764        43.46     773 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2017

10=       ( 2)         MS Dhoni              Ind          749        52.20     836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

BOWLING (top 10)

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

1           ( – )          Josh Hazlewood  Aus         732!       23.85     4.69       732 v Eng at Edgbaston 2017

2           ( – )          Imran Tahir           SA           718         23.87     4.66       786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017

3           ( – )          Mitchell Starc        Aus         701         20.13     4.81       783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

4           ( 27)      Jasprit Bumrah    Ind          687*!     20.87     4.68       687 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2017

5           (-1)          Kagiso Rabada    SA           685         26.30     5.11       724 v Eng at Lord’s 2017

6           (-1)          Trent Boult            NZ           665         25.48     5.00       766 v Ind at Delhi 2016

7           (-1)          Hasan Ali              Pak         663*!     22.66     5.47       663 v Ind at The Oval 2017

8           (-1)          Sunil Narine         WI           662         26.46     4.12       791 v SL at Jamaica 2013

9           (-1)          Rashid Khan         Afg          647*!     14.74     3.97       647 v WI at St Lucia 2017

10         ( 10)      Axar Patel         Ind          645*      29.53     4.30       648 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2017