ICC news June 13, 2017

Kohli reclaims top spot; Hazlewood tops ODI bowling rankings

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Josh Hazlewood - most wickets for a seamer in ODIs since January 2016

India captain Virat Kohli surpassed AB de Villiers and David Warner to reclaim the top spot in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen. Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, meanwhile, topped the ODI bowlers' rankings for the first time in his career. South Africa quick Kagiso Rabada, who had gained the No.1 spot last month, dropped to fourth place.

Unbeaten knocks of 81 and 76 against Pakistan and South Africa in the ongoing Champions Trophy helped Kohli overtake Warner and de Villers, who had climbed to No.1 in March this year. Kohli, who had briefly held the No. 1 ranking in January, has a one-point lead over Warner. De Villiers, who had scores of 4, 0 and 16 in the Champions Trophy, dropped two places, and trails Warner by 14 points. Joe Root and Kane Williamson were ranked fourth and fifth respectively.

Hazlewood, who took nine wickets in three Champions Trophy matches, became the first Australian to top the ODI bowlers' rankings since Mitchell Starc in October 2015. Imran Tahir and Starc retained their second and third rankings respectively. Afghanistan legspinner Rashid Khan gained 18 places to surge to seventh.

India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who is the leading run-getter in the Champions Trophy so far, leapfrogged five of his peers to return to the top ten. Dhawan scored 271 runs in three innings during the league stage of the tournament, with two fifties and a century.

In the allrounders' list, Ben Stokes gained one place to displace Mitchell Marsh at No. 6, while Shakib Al Hasan retained his place as the top ODI allrounder. Stokes did much better on the batting rankings, gaining nine points to climb to a career-best 20th, following an unbeaten 102 against Australia.

South Africa, who exited the Champions Trophy after two losses in three league matches, retained their No. 1 spot on the team rankings, leading Australia and India by two points. England gained two points to climb to fourth and have a three-point lead over New Zealand. If the final of the Champions Trophy is contested between India and England, and if India win, they will secure a slim lead over South Africa and become the No. 1 ODI team.

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  • cricfan21761974 on June 15, 2017, 15:29 GMT

    AS a saffer I have to say Virat Kholi is better than the rest .It seems ABD has lost interest in international cricket and its starting to show. KHOLI has definitely overtaken him and is definitely the best batsmen in the world. He also shows great commitment to all formats of the game. Any one saying Quinton de kock is in the same league as Kholi is WRONG, although he has the potential to get there but at the moment no ways. Cant wait to see how he does in SA later this year,infact its going to be exciting watching this entire Indian team tour SA. I have to admit India are looking like the best...although I hope they get a thrashing by the Proteas this year especially in the TESTS. Congratulations Kholi well deserved. A great player in a great team.

  • Salt.Bite on June 15, 2017, 8:44 GMT

    @KHURRAM SHAHZAD- It all depends. The same bowling attack was milked for 300 by India with plenty of wickets to spare.

  • black_bird on June 15, 2017, 3:26 GMT

    I think ashwin deserves the #1 place in all formats. Who is better wicket taking bowler than him?.

  • swarzi on June 14, 2017, 19:55 GMT

    @KHURRAM SHAHZAD: the reason why no bowler of the current Pakistani bowling attack is ranked in the ICC top ten rankings is because the overwhelming majority of them are relatively debutants to ODI cricket. Imagine 4 out of the five main bowlers, who bowled out England for that paltry score today, have only played 43 ODI matches in total - in fact, one (Raees) was playing his first game; Shadab Khan was only playing his 5th match, having debuted against WI a few days ago; and both Imad and Hassan Ali were playing only their 19th match each. So only Junaid Khan who is reasonably experienced with Hafeez the paert-timer.

  • swarzi on June 14, 2017, 18:36 GMT

    Congrats Virat! Only Viv Richards who never played any ODIs since they have been preparing the pitches like hotel beds; and halving the size of the boundaries for contemporary batsmen, is rated above Kohli and AB De Villiers when one honestly and objectively selects the 3 greatest ODI batsmen of All Time. There is a very close toss up between De Villiers and Kohli, with Kohli given the edge, since De Villiers has been showing lack of interest in international cricket. The other greatest ODI batsmen of All Time are guys who average around 46 and upwards. The likes of Amla, Bevan, Dhoni and Williamson. But I agree with those who think that aoart from Richards, Kohli is the greatest of them All. Congrats again Virat!

  •   Khurram Shahzad on June 14, 2017, 18:35 GMT

    Even thoughPakistani team have best bowling attach, no player is on top ten list

  • BanglaTerrier on June 14, 2017, 16:49 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal should be no 1 in batsmen and Fizz should be no 1 in bowlers.

  • cricfan50108709 on June 14, 2017, 15:41 GMT

    great to see our BLUE tigers in super 10 and oneday Rash will be the first

  • Bird_Eyes on June 14, 2017, 15:07 GMT

    BD would have gone to semis anyway if none of the GRP A play interrupted by rain. in that case NZ would beat AUS. so each would have 2 points in the table but BD run rate would have been higher than AUS and NZ since BD make 305 against ENG while NZ and AUS failed to touch 300 against ENG. BD had also a comprehensive win against NZ. So with run rate BD would have gone to semis as a qualified team