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Rohit Sharma fifth best ODI batsman, according to latest cricket rankings

Rohit Sharma finished as the leading scorer in the home ODI series against Australia which India won 4-1 on Sunday. He has moved up four places in the latest International Cricket Council rankings

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Oct 02, 2017 17:32 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Rohit Sharma en route to his century during the fifth India vs Australia ODI at Nagpur’s Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium on October 1, 2017. Rohit Sharma is currently the fifth best ODI batsman in the world(AFP)

Rohit Sharma’s marauding form with the bat has made the Indian opener the fifth best batsman in the world, according to the latest ODI rankings released by the International Cricket Council today. Rohit Sharma’s best ranking, of course, has been a No. 3 position in February 2016. (INDIA vs AUSTRALIA - FULL COVERAGE)

Rohit Sharma smashed his 14th ODI century at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium on Sunday as India thrashed Australia by seven wickets to clinch the five-match ODI series 4-1. Rohit’s 296 runs in the series helped him move up four places in the ICC rankings. (5TH ODI HIGHLIGHTS)

The ODI series has been dominated by the top batsmen and India’s chase in Nagpur was anchored by Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, who produced 124 runs for the opening wicket to deflate the perplexed Australians. Rahane has moved four places to 24th.

Australian Aaron Finch has gained nine slots to reach 17th position while David Warner has closed in on No. 1 ranked Virat Kohli, bridging the pre-series gap of 26 points to just 12 points.

Other batsmen moving up include Kedhar Jadhav of India (up eight places to a career-best 36th), Marcus Stoinis of Australia (up 74 places to 54th), Jason Roy (up seven places to 30th), Jonny Bairstow (up 48 places to 40th) and Moeen Ali (up 18 places to 56th) of England, and the Windies pair of Jason Holder (up 11 places to 73rd) and Evin Lewis (up 31 places to 78th).

In the ODI bowlers rankings, young left-arm spinner Akshar Patel has reached a career best seventh position after moving up three places while wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (up 24 places to 75th) and Kuldeep Yadav (up nine places to 80th) have also moved northwards.

Other bowlers to move up include Australia’s Nathan Coulter-Nile (up 49 places to a career-best 44th position) and Pat Cummins (up seven places to 21st), and England’s Liam Plunkett (up three places to 10th) and Adil Rashid (up four places to 12th).

In the list of all-rounders led by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, England’s Ben Stokes has moved into the top five.

First Published: Oct 02, 2017 16:45 IST