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ICC ODI Rankings: Virat Kohli maintains top-spot after good show against England; Rishabh Pant enters top 100

Dubai, March 31: India captain and batting mainstay Virat Kohli retained his top spot in the latest ICC rankings for ODI batsmen after his good show in the recently concluded three-match series against England. In the latest list released by the ICC on Wednesday (March 31), pacer Jasprit Bumrah slipped a place to fourth position.

Kohli, who had scores of 56 and 66 in the first and second ODIs against England, has 870 points. Bumrah, who missed the white-ball series against England due to his wedding, dropped by a place to fourth among bowlers. The right-arm pacer from Gujarat now has 690 points.

Kohli's limited-overs deputy, Rohit Sharma is ranked third and the right-hand batsman who slammed just one fifty in the three ODIs against England is behind Pakistan's batting mainstay, Babar Azam. While KL Rahul - who slammed a century and two fifties against England - has moved up from 31st to 27th spot.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya has achieved a career-best 42nd position among batsmen after scores of 35 and 64, and Rishabh Pant has entered the top 100.

Seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who took three for 42 in the final match, has gained nine slots to reach the 11th position, which is his best since being 10th in September 2017. Shardul Thakur''s haul of four for 67 in the same match has enabled him to move up to the 80th spot from 93rd.

For 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 the 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.

In the T20 batting list, both Rahul and Kohli have dropped a rung and are now placed fifth and sixth respectively. No other Indian featured in the top-10 among bowlers and all-rounders in the latest T20I rankings.

In the Test rankings, spinner Ravichandran Ashwin retained his second spot behind Australia''s Pat Cummins.

In the all-rounders' list, Ravindra Jadeja is ranked third with Ashwin occupying the fourth spot.

Kohli remained fifth among batsmen while swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman Pant and Rohit shared the seventh spot.

(With PTI inputs)

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Story first published: Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 16:44 [IST]
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