ICC news March 9, 2014

Kohli reclaims No.1 ODI ranking

ESPNcricinfo staff

Virat Kohli has climbed past AB de Villiers to the top of the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen. Kohli achieved a career-best rating of 886 points after his century against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. However, a subdued showing thereafter against Pakistan and Sri Lanka resulted in five points being shaved off, though he is still nine points ahead of de Villiers.

Kohli was last at the summit before the ODI series against New Zealand in January and had come into the Asia Cup two points behind de Villiers. In the past 12 months, Kohli amassed 1580 runs at 60.76 in 31 innings with six centuries, four of which were away from home and three of which were as captain. In the same period, de Villiers scored 1156 at 52.54 in 25 innings with three centuries.

The other Indians in the top ten are MS Dhoni at sixth and Shikhar Dhawan at eighth places. Lahiru Thirimanne, who struck two centuries in the Asia Cup including a match-winning 101 in the final, jumped 29 places to his best spot at 39th.

Lasith Malinga ended as the joint-highest wicket-taker in the Asia Cup, which helped him leapfrog 11 places into 22nd position in the bowlers' rankings.

Asian champions Sri Lanka are still ranked third with 112 points, one point below India, in the ODI team rankings. Australia claimed the top spot with 117 points.

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  • Android on March 19, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    kohli is today good play

  • Manesh on March 14, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    @ Sarath Kumara Weerasekara . yeah you can satisfy at least yourself with those statics - then thats good! get well soon!lolz

  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully : These are not excuses but statistical reasons for avoiding full list. As a Statician, to use the full list with different time periods, different players, different settings/rules, different formats (T20 started much later), different countries (SL started cricket much later). If we to use the full list for comparison, we will have to use different regression methods to correct for the heterogeneity of the data. For simpla comparisons, best way is to seperate the full list to dofferent time periods and do the comparison which I have done. Even when we use the full list as you suggested, SL (0.46) and Pak (0.44) are way ahead Ind 0.32) on win/loss ratio in Aus, Eng and SA against them. For your consolation and happyness, you can devide the full list to different time periods of 5 years and estimate the same which you might find better results for Ind than SL and Pak. For example: From 01 Jan 2000 to 31 Dec 2005, you will find higher win/loss ratio for Ind than SL.

  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully: This gives more elaborated results of 10 year time periods. You might notice IND has found it harder to record a win until 1970s while PAK has recoreded wins in their first decade (1950s). Also SL's record was not that bad in their fist couple of decades and they were really developing in fast bouncy track records. You can be proud of 1990s and 2000s (Era of Sachin,Dravid,Laxman, Ganguly, etc). But since 2010s, IND is just flat track bulies even if you believe or not. PAK is more or less consistant over the different periods while SL was fast acclamtizing to fast bouncy conditions. Ban also has shown some impressive results in their last period.

    1930-1939: IND 0.00 1940-1949:IND 0.00 1950-1959:IND 0.00 PAK 1.00 1960-1969:IND 0.00 PAK 0.00 1970-1979:IND 0.30 PAK 0.36 1980-1989:IND 0.64 PAK 0.47 SL 0.06 1990-1999:IND 0.21 PAK 0.60 SL 0.31 2000-2009:IND 0.51 PAK 0.42 SL 0.45 BAN 0.00 2010-2014:IND 0.29 PAK 0.37 SL 1.00 BAN 0.25

  • Manesh on March 12, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    @Sarath Kumara Weerasekara . " Everybody know that India was a great team when Sachin, Dravid, Laxman and Ganguly playing and before." . What an excuse to avoid full list? :P. Similarly I can argue 'Everybody knows we lost lot of matches after Sachin, Dravid, Laxman and Ganguly retired". lol

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    Here's a Thought ...

    An Asian XI Vs ROW for Charity of your Choice.. ODI

    Asian XI

    Mahela Jayawardena ( Capt ) Shahid Afridi Kumar Sangakkara Virat Kohli Misbah Ul Haq Angelo Mathews Mahendra Doni (WK) Shakib Al Hasan Umar Gul Saeed Ajmal Lasith Malinga

    ROW XI

    Chris Gayle David Warner Kevin Pietersen AB De Villiers Micheal Clerk ( Capt ) Brendon McCullum (WK) Dwayne Bravo James Faulkner Mitchell Johnson Dale Steyn Sunil Narine

    Challenge yourself to name a better balanced team.

  • muhammad on March 11, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    Oh my GOD, what's happening here, let's bring an end to this rant. Kohli is a notch above today's average batsman BUT not to be called a Great at this stage. Let him serve his team and review how the equation looks in few years time. On the other hand, none of the asian teams are a force to reckon outside Asia. Pakistan are better than other Asian teams playing outside purely due to fast bowling resources and ability to take 20 wickets even if there batting collapses.

    Even kohli would not know he has triggered a hot debate on this platform.

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Test win/loss ratio last 5 years in AUS, SA and ENG against the same teams. SL=0.16 Ind=0.10 Pak=0.11


  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully: Brother I didn't wan't to twist anything. Everybody know that India was a great team when Sachin, Dravid, Laxman and Ganguly playing and before. Nobody accused them as flat track bullies. Players keep changing and I assumed statistically there is no drastical change in a team within 5 year period time. Thats why I just wanted to compare for the last 5 years. Lesser the time period the better. See below for recent different time periods. Hope you are clear on time period compared. This still shows they are flat track bulies. Still India are well below SL and Pak even in the link you provided for the whole time data. Isn't it? 1990s:SL-0.42 Pak. 0.55 Ind-0.31 2000s: SL-0.50 Pak. 0.42 Ind-0.65 Last 5 years: SL-1.00 Pak. 0.54 Ind-0.39 Last 4 years:SL-0.95 Pak. 0.61 Ind-0.42 Last 3 years: SL-0.94 Pak. 0.68 Ind-0.28 Last 2 years:SL-1.00 Pak. 0.63 Ind-0.80 Last 12 months:SL-infinity Pak. 0.53 Ind-0.66

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Kohli is one of the best batsman in todays world cricket no doubt about that. He deserves this. But one thing I cannot understand with ICC ranking, Why the hell they r not changing india's ranking after loosing in SA (White washed) and almost white washed in NZ and then in Asia cup. on what basis they r deciding this stupid ratings. Srilanka should be above india at this moment.