ICC ODI rankings: Kohli steady at 4th, Dhawan rises to 6th place
Virat Kohli remained the highest-placed Indian batsman at fourth place even as Shikhar Dhawan rose a rung to sixth in the latest ICC ODI rankings issued on Tuesday. Among the bowlers, Umesh Yadav has broken into the top 20 for the first time in his career.cricket Updated: Mar 31, 2015 12:34 IST
A lacklustre World Cup performance notwithstanding, Virat Kohli remained the highest-placed Indian batsman at fourth place even as Shikhar Dhawan rose a rung to sixth in the latest ICC ODI rankings issued on Tuesday.
Apart from Kohli and Dhawan, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the other Indian batsman in the top-10, hanging on to the eighth spot.
Among the bowlers, Umesh Yadav has broken into the top 20 for the first time in his career.
In the rankings for ODI batsmen, South Africa captain AB de Villiers continued to lead the charts and has also become the 11th batsman overall, and second South African after Hashim Amla, to break the 900-point mark. In ranking terms, 900 points marks out a player as truly great.
There is no change in the top five batters but the biggest movers in the latest rankings are Steve Smith and Martin Guptill, who were on Monday named in the Team of the World Cup.
Smith finished the series with 402 runs with one century and four half-centuries, while Guptill belted the highest World Cup individual score to date while scoring 237 not out on the way to finishing as the leading run-getter with 547 runs. As a result, Smith has jumped 19 places to a career-high 12th position, while Guptill has finished in 22nd place after rising 12 places.
Indian Opener Rohit Sharma made significant strides up the order as he jumped seven places to be joint 12th with Australian swashbuckler Steve Smith and Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq. Rohit scored 330 runs in the tournament.
Among the bowlers, India's Umesh Yadav has broken into the top 20 for the first time in his careers following his 15 wickets in the series, including four for 72 in the semi-final against Australia. Yadav has rocketed 16 places to join England's James Tredwell in 18th position.
Australia's Mitchell Starc has surged to the top for the first time in his career following a stellar performance in the World Cup that also fetched him the player of the tournament award.
The 25-year-old left-arm fast bowler finished ICC's top 50-over tournament as joint-leading wicket-taker with New Zealand's Trent Boult (22 wickets), including two for 20 in eight overs in the final against New Zealand.
This performance has helped Starc to rise two places and claim the number-one position for the first time. Starc had entered World Cup in seventh position.
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders, Tillakaratne Dilshan has retained his top spot, followed by Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh. The only change in the top 10 was the entry of South Africa's JP Duminy, who has moved up four places to ninth spot.
Pakistan's Shahid Afridi has signed off on his ODI career as sixth ranked all-rounder. In the batting chart, he was 44th while 30th in the bowling table.
Australia retained the ODI Shield and won $175,000 after finishing as the number-one ranked side on the April 1 cut-off date. India collected $75,000 for finishing second in the team rankings.
First Published: Mar 31, 2015 12:12 IST