ICC ODI Rankings: Bhuvneshwar jumps up nine places after spectacular India return; Hardik, Pant also make huge gains
The latest ICC ODI Rankings saw fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar jumping up nine places to claim the 11th spot. The India fast bowler who returned to the team after an injury that kept him out for the Australia tour, and the Tests against England, made a successful return in the limited-overs cricket against England.
Bhuvneshwar's figures of 3/42 in the final ODI were crucial in helping India win the thrilling encounter by seven runs to claim the series.
Apart from the fast bowler, Shardul Thakur, who registered four wickets for 67 runs in the same match, jumped up to the 80th slot from 93 after his impressive bowling spells against England.
India allrounder Hardik Pandya and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant also made huge gains in rankings, as the former jumped up to his career-best 42nd slot, while Pant made it to the top 100 in rankings.
KL Rahul, who scored a fifty in the first ODI, and followed it up with a hundred in the 2nd ODI, also saw a rise from 31 to 27 in the ODI Rankings.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has advanced four places to 24th scoring 99 off 52 balls in the second ODI and is up to second among all-rounders, while Jonny Bairstow has retained seventh place after touching a career-high 796 rating points with his player of the match effort of 124 in the same match. Moeen Ali is up nine places to 46th among bowlers.
Bangladesh's Mahmudullah is up seven places to joint-40th among batsmen after an unbeaten 76 while for New Zealand, Matt Henry has moved up five slots to a career-best third position among bowlers after a haul of four for 27. Jimmy Neesham has gained 16 places to reach 62nd among bowlers.
New Zealand batsman Devon Conway has attained a career-best fourth position in the ICC Men's T20I Player Rankings, thanks to his match-winning knock in the series opener against Bangladesh in Hamilton on Sunday.
The left-hander, who has been keeping wickets in the series, smashed a superb 92 not out off 52 balls as New Zealand posted a massive 210 for three and won the match by 66 runs. He has advanced five positions and finds himself in the top five after only 13 matches, on the back of consistent performances against the West Indies, Pakistan, and Australia since his debut in November 2020.
Glenn Philips, who has unbeaten knocks of 24 and 58 to show and won the player of the match award in the second T20I in Napier as New Zealand took a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series, has also attained a career-best status. He has moved up 32 places to 26th in the weekly update to the men's rankings, carried out on Wednesdays.
Fast bowler Tim Southee has advanced two places to seventh, only one shy of his career-best sixth position attained in February this year, after taking three wickets in the first two matches. Lockie Ferguson has moved up 16 places to 42nd in what is another piece of good news for New Zealand, with the ICC Men's T20 World Cup to be held later this year in India.
For Bangladesh, 21-year-old left-handed opener Mohammad Naim has progressed 13 places to reach 28th position after scoring 27 and 38 while Soumya Sarkar has moved up five places to 41st after notching a half-century in Napier.
In the ICC Men's Test Player Rankings, Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella and West Indies' Nkrumah Bonner have gained big after the drawn opening match of their two-Test series.
Dickwella, who notched his 17th Test half-century -- a record for a player without a century -- has gained 10 places to reach a career-best 29th position. Bonner's maiden Test century, in only his third match, has lifted him into the top 50 for the first time.
Oshada Fernando (up 10 places to 72nd), Joshua da Silva (up four places to 77th), and Lahiru Thirmanne (up 14 places to 78th) are other Sri Lanka players to move up the list for batsmen while Suranga Lakmal (up five places to a career-best 22nd), Lasith Embuldeniya (up three places to 38th), Vishwa Fernando (up five places to 47th) and Dushmantha Chameera (up three places to 86th) have advanced among bowlers.
For the West Indies, all-rounder Jason Holder has moved up three places to eighth among bowlers after a haul of five for 27 in Sri Lanka's first innings while Kemar Roach is up from 14th to 12th. Kyle Mayers has moved up 12 places to 53rd among batsmen.
(With ANI inputs)