Shubman Gill has surpassed Babar Azam to become the new number one ODI batsman, while Mohammed Siraj has claimed the top spot in the bowling rankings.
Shubman Gill has outpaced Babar Azam in the men’s ODI batting rankings. Also, among ODI bowlers, an Indian, Mohammed Siraj, has climbed to a higher ranking, surpassing Shaheen Shah Afridi.
In reality, India’s perspective dominates the bowling rankings, with Kuldeep Yadav now in the top five. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are also in the top ten. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has moved up to the fourth spot among batsmen, following his two centuries and a stellar performance in the World Cup, trailing only one rating point behind the top run-scorer in the World Cup, Quinton de Kock.
This year has been impressive for Shubman Gill in ODI cricket. He has scored 1449 runs in 26 matches, including four centuries, with a surprising average of 63.00 throughout the year, compared to his career average of 61.02. After initially missing out due to dengue, he had a slow start in the World Cup, but in six innings, he has scored 219 runs, including half-centuries against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Babar’s performance in the World Cup hasn’t been poor, having scored four half-centuries in eight matches. However, the marginal difference between him and the rising star Gill has required him to put in more effort to maintain his position.
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From India’s standpoint, Gill has become the fourth top ODI batsman in the ICC rankings after Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, and Kohli.
On another note, the best individual batting performance in the World Cup so far occurred in Mumbai on Tuesday night when Glenn Maxwell single-handedly led Australia ahead of Afghanistan, securing a place in the World Cup semi-finals with his outstanding century. This pushed him up two spots to sixth, whereas the second centurion of the campaign, Ibrahim Zadran, moved six spots up to the 12th position. Fakhar Zaman, another influential batsman for his team, is currently at the 11th position.
In total, the rankings so far in the World Cup showcase India’s dominance, winning all eight league matches. Kohli (number 2 after de Kock) and Rohit Sharma (number 5) have been their most impressive batsmen, but it’s their bowling that has been a blockbuster. Although none of them are in the top three wicket-takers, Shami (16 wickets in four matches), Bumrah (15 in eight), Ravindra Jadeja (14 in eight), Kuldeep (12 in eight), and Siraj (10 in eight) have performed exceptionally. In their last three matches, India dismissed England for 129, Sri Lanka for 55, and South Africa for 83 runs.
Siraj, after taking 3 wickets for 16 runs against Sri Lanka and 1 wicket for 11 runs against South Africa at the beginning of the week, has moved up to the third position in the rankings. Afridi, who was number one last week, has now dropped to the fifth position. Meanwhile, spinner Keshav Maharaj and Adam Zampa, currently the second and third highest wicket-takers in the ongoing World Cup, have reached the second and third positions, respectively.
Regarding the Indians, Kuldeep is ranked fourth, Bumrah is at the eighth position, and Shami is ranked tenth in terms of wickets taken in the World Cup.
Among other top wicket-takers in the World Cup currently, Dushmantha Chameera has moved up to the 45th position by climbing 31 spots, while Mark Wood has climbed nine spots to reach the joint 24th position.
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