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Kohli reclaims No.1 ODI ranking

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March 9, 2014

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Virat Kohli drives down the ground, Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup 2014, Fatullah, February 26, 2014
Virat Kohli's century against Bangladesh had taken him to 886 points, his career-best rating © AFP
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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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Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

kohli is today good play

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully 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

Posted by   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


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.

Posted by UsmanMuhammad 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.

Posted by   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


Posted by   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

Posted by   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.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 11, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

@ mzm149. Then you are wrong. You need to count tied matches and draws to get winning percentage, I think. thats why it is different here: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/team/6.html?class=2;home_or_away=2;template=results;type=team

Posted by mzm149 on (March 11, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully: You will have to change the teams yourself to find complete records. I am giving you links for Pakistan and India's records in Australia against them as an example. You can calculate win percentage by dividing total with number of wins.

For Pakistan against Australia in Australia:


For India against Australia in Australia:


Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 11, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

@Sarath Kumara Weerasekara Do not try to twist them. Why 5 years? Why not all? Here is it. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=11;home_or_away=2;host=1;host=2;host=3;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=3;result=1;result=2;result=3;result=4;result=5;team=25;team=6;team=7;team=8;template=results;type=team

It is clear that SL won just 3 test matches in SA and Eng all together. No wins in Aus and not even in India!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 11, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

@mzm149. Just wonder from where you got those numbers and what were your conditions!!! I know Autralia - Ind .73 - Pak .62 Eng - Ind 1.00 -Pak .73 SA - Ind.65 - Pak .71 . Pls post the link too.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

@RD_CricFan: With the cupboard full of tropies, everybody tend to believe that IND is not a flat track bully. This is not showing anger or jelousy but to reveal the truth which is far from fans beliefs and talks. There are isolated wins against AUS, SA, ENG in their countries, but overall they are far behind SL and PAK. Please see below stats to confirm IND is really a flat track bully and the worst among top 3 Asian teams. If anybody can challenge this statistics and prove me wrong without just parroting bulshit, I accept the truth. See below Win/loss ratios for last 5 yrs against SA, AUS and ENG in their pitches SL-1.10 PAK-0.44 India-0.30 BAN-0.25 http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=11;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;host=1;host=2;host=3;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=3;result=1;result=2;result=3;result=4;result=5;spanmax2=11+Mar+2014;spanmin2=11+Mar+2009;spanval2=span;team=25;team=6;team=7;team=8;template=results;type=team

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 8:18 GMT)

@mzm : did I say PAK have not won a single game?? read correctly.... I talked about winning series...

Posted by mzm149 on (March 11, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

@SandipManjrekar, @Fast_Track_Bully: On your request, here are AWAY ODI RECORDS of India and Pakistan in different countries

In south Africa

India won 5 out of 28 matches (17.8%) Pakistan won 10 out of 29 matches (34.4%)

In England

India won 12 out of 34 matches (35.3%) Pakistan won 13 out of 36 matches (36.1%)

In Australia

India won 10 out of 40 matches (25%) Pakistan won 16 out of 50 matches (32%)

In New Zealand

India won 10 out of 34 matches (29.4%) Pakistan won 15 out of 40 matches (37.5%)

In West Indies

India won 11 out of 31 matches (35.5%) Pakistan won 13 out of 30 matches (43.3%)

In Sri Lanka

India won 23 out of 56 matches (41.1%) Pakistan won 14 out of 33 matches (42.4%)

In Zimbabwe

India won 13 out of 17 matches (76.5%) Pakistan won 14 out of 18 matches (77.8%)

In Bangladesh

India won 14 out of 16 matches (85.7%) Pakistan won 14 out of 14 matches (100%)

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

odi man of match per innings mahela-19/412 -22inn sanga-25/369 15inn kohli- 18/134 '7inn see what impact players mj and sanga are. tru colombo legnds

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

It seems that only indian batsmen have pressure to perform. First it was Tendulkar with all of india on his shoulders now it is kohli. What about pujara, dhawan, nohit, dhoni and the rest of the batsmen. Are they not playing. They have great averages or is it because batting conditions is easy in india and then the numbers are inflated and when travelling they get found out.

Posted by The-love on (March 11, 2014, 5:55 GMT)

@deb-61 -> Hi deb,good to have at least a response from you.Dude,you may get some improper comments here for India but some of them are response for the comment given by Indians.Like us,people are there who love their country and similarly they also can not digest any improper comment towards their team or country.India have won all the matches against pak in WC but that does not make India better team than pak or pak team worse than India.Its a statistics which we should be proud of but nothing else.Pak have overall very good record against us too which they should be proud of.Similarly India have been beating SL regularly but recently we lost to them in Asia cup and they are the champions.win-lose is the part of the game.Lets just enjoy it together and wish for the India's win every time with respect for opponents.This request is not only for you or other Indians but for all cricket fans.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 11, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

@mzm149. As far as I know Pak played 12 tests in SA! Please add the win-loss ratio in ODIs too: Autralia - Ind .73 -Pak .62 Eng - Ind 1.00 -Pak .73 SA - Ind.65 - Pak .71 What about trophys? what are the major trophys? How many Asiacups?

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 4:31 GMT)

VIRAT KOHLI. 134 odi 19 centuries. AB 159 ODI 16 centuries KUMAR SANGKARA 369 odi 18 centuries misbah UL HAQ 146 odi 0 century MAHELA JAYAWARDNE 412 odi 16 centuries.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 10, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

@ramz30380: These stats are from post independence. You can check Wikipedia. Why are you taking stats from last 10 years only. I am not posting to prove extra ordinary performance of Pakistan. This was my response to @realfan who claims that Pakistan has not won a single test in these countries whereas India has done wonders. I have nothing personal against India or Indian players or fans in general. Cheers.

Posted by GrindAR on (March 10, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

Ratings should be cronologiclly, 100% of current year points (12 months) 80% of previous year points (13-24 months) 30% of points before three years (25-36 months) 10% of points before four years (37-48 months)

In reality the running window of higher than 3 years don't have any say into current form. Teams play so much cricket now a days, in fact they should consider only,

past 100 matches for T20s past 75 matches for ODIs past 30-40 matches for Tests (which ever is appropriate to fall within 3 years window)

Other more accurate way of doing is, Giving equal points to every team as base, have to, Sum of average of past 20 matches against each opponent - T20s Sum of average of past 20 matches against each opponent - ODIs Sum of average of past 10 matches against each opponent - Tests then take the top teams points as base and normalize for consequently placed teams

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 10, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

@mzm149 very conveniently u have taken the overall nos from the time when India and Pakistan werent even separate countries! The talk is about the current situation - Compare the last ten years and seee the results for urself!

In the last decade: India in Aus (played 8 & won 1 = 12.5%) as against Pak(played 6 (lost all 6) = 0%) Inida in England (Played 7 & won 1 =14.3%) as against Pak (played 8 & won 1 = 12.5%) India in SA (PLayed 8 & won 2 = 25%) as against Pak (PLayed 6 & won 1 = 16.7%)

This is wht matters now - so, the figures talk for itself as to which is the better team!

I am not giving u this because I think India is great - I dont think it is! But whn u consistently put a team down with baseless uniniform facts its completely annoying! All SC teams for that matter have not performed well in these countries that matter! But frm the present lot, India is a lot better than the rest!!!

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

kohli will no 1 but indian team will as become worst.

Posted by samincolumbia on (March 10, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

@squareleg - Viv was lucky to not face the best bowling attack of all time, period! Unfortunately, for Kohli, he is in the same team with the worst bowling attack.

Posted by samincolumbia on (March 10, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

@Nzm149 - Pakistan has yet to win a WC game against India, be it ODI or 20/20. Says a lot about which nation has the best talent and temparement. Your contrived stats are only helping you sleep at night, which is a good thing.

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (March 10, 2014, 16:08 GMT)


"Discussion is always better than argument"


Argument is to find out who is right.

Discussion is to find what is right.

At the end of this session you will find every crooked theory of your own analysis to prove you are right. As like you jumped from ODI to test. The present article is about Kohli's reclaiming the no.1 spot as an ODI batsman. Perhaps this is one which hurt you most deep inside.Look where you have gone. Miles away from core subject.

If you had gone through feature comments of this article, you would have realized your mistakes & about ranking system too.

Close some doors. Not because of Pride, Incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they no longer lead somewhere.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 10, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

@ mzm149 Where are all these batsmen that you have mentioned.

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (March 10, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

1983 World Cup. 1985 B &H World series. 2002 ICC Champions Trophy(Joint winners) 2007 Twenty20 World Chamiopnships 2011 World Cup 2013 Champions trophy 2013 2014 Twenty20 World Chamiopnships

Whats even better India has defeated Pakistan in two of the finals..once in 1985** and then in 2007**

*** This list does not include any tri-series results but if it did it has won the Natwest Trophy in England (2001) and CB Series in 2008 in Australia . The Asia cup and the tournaments in Sharjah were basically as good as triseries so the results of these are ignored, but just for the record India has won the Asia cup 5 times ((1984, 1988, 1990-91, 1995, 2010) which is a record in itself ** http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65731.html - 1985

I would say thats a pretty neat record ...only next to Australia and West Indies ;). But then I am absolutely sure you will somehow find a way to convince yourself that your records are better..So cheers and enjoy ;)

Posted by whocareswhowins on (March 10, 2014, 15:17 GMT)

@The-Love, you have made a well-intentioned proposition; I happen to be a India supporter (NOT a supporter of N Srinivasan and his goons) but alas I cannot join you. I would not want the hilarious comments about team India from some of the bilious, frothing-at-the-mouth, rolling-eyes supporters of Pak and SL (not all of them are like that, I hasten to add) to stop or be aired in these forums. All the nasty comments are very revealing of national psyche, for better or for worse. Most of them border on the ludicrous !! Some people forget cricket is just a game, to be enjoyed. So, let us laugh together, and be rid of stress..

Posted by mzm149 on (March 10, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

@realfan: You will not stop howling. Here are away test records of India and Pakistan in different countries

In south Africa

India won 2 out of 17 matches (11.8%) Pakistan won 2 out of 9 matches (22.2%)

In England

India won 5 out of 52 matches (9.6%) Pakistan won 9 out of 47 matches (19.1%)

In Australia

India won 5 out of 40 matches (12.5%) Pakistan won 4 out of 32 matches (12.5%)

In New Zealand

India won 5 out of 23 matches (21.7%) Pakistan won 10 out of 29 matches (34.5%)

In West Indies

India won 5 out of 45 matches (11.1%) Pakistan won 5 out of 23 matches (21.7%)

In Sri Lanka

India won 4 out of 18 matches (22.2%) Pakistan won 6 out of 18 matches (33.3%)

In Zimbabwe

India won 3 out of 6 matches (50%) Pakistan won 6 out of 8 matches (75%)

In Bangladesh

India won 6 out of 7 matches (85.7%) Pakistan won 4 out of 4 matches (100%)

Posted by squareleg on (March 10, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

@Cpt_meanster, you cannot compare Kohli to the likes of Viv Richards. Kohli is a fine modern day batsman and currently one of the best if not the best in the world. But imagine how good and devastating Viv Richards would be with short boundaries, powerplays and batsman friendly pitches. It is unfair to compare players from a bygone era with modern players. The game was a lot different in those days and anyone who saw Viv Richards play would know he was absolutely awesome. In those days they played 55 overs and to score 250 was almost guaranteed victory, now unfortunately even 320 runs is not safe!!

BTW Im not a west indian supporter, just someone who appreciates good cricket.

Posted by gladly on (March 10, 2014, 14:58 GMT)

@Cpt Meanster:You are right man.But ab and kohli both are great players no comparison.Talking abt haters there are many from sub continent teams i.e srilanka,paistan coz kohli is the reason they lost matches with india.Kohli is like next tendulkar so haters deal with it.

Posted by realfan on (March 10, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

dear pakisthani and lankan fans... talk about your achievments when you win a single test in AUS, talk about your achievment when you win a test series in EN, NZ, WI.. talkn about your achievement when you draw test series in AUS and SA talk about your achievement when you win CT , talk about your achievement when you win WC, talk about your achievements when your team tops the ranking.... lol you cant, you just dont have the team to do that.... india di win againt ENG in ENG , drew againt eng in eng, drew againt aus in aus, drew againt sa in sa, won in NZ, won in WI.... for a particular guy name @mzm159 india reached finals in WC03 iheld in SA where even kenya got to Semifinals and you dint.... i repeat SA,, and kenya.... lol... with all the best bowling attack your team has got what your achievements overseas??? just one series in SA??? lol.... they i say its pathetic...

Posted by mzm149 on (March 10, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

@Ramakrish86 : Thank you for proving that there are some sensible Indian fans as well.

Posted by Inspector_Clouseau on (March 10, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

SL fans, does your hypocrisy know no bounds? For several months now I have heard your commentators and fans gloating about being No.1 in T20s. Either you accept the rankings all together or reject them all together. Don't twist the facts to suit your needs.

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (March 10, 2014, 14:23 GMT)


According to you, your team should get life time achievement award for reaching finals of Asia Cup 2014 & all time awards for beating SA in back to back 2 matches consecutively after losing 9 out of 14 matches in whole calendar year 2013. That is awesome whooping record!! Within same period Pak won 16 & lost 16 out of 34 ODIs played whereas India had played same no. of games with stats of 22-10. And still you need to find pieces of particular matches to prove your point valid & IND on wrong side. I am not surprised at all by reading your arguments because green shirts (whether Pak or BD) have same qualities of arrogance & degrading all teams. We, Indians, don't mind what stats speak or what others feel about our team. Everyone has own opinion. But we don't brag as like you & BD fans. Keep your excitement in tact till W/C T20 final. You will assess your team more than others.

Posted by The-love on (March 10, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

Enough of the hatred between fans of different countries.I am here to wish good luck to Nepal.I am a big cricket fan and always admire good cricket.Being an Indian,I always support my country but I never want to degrade other countries or their fans.I am looking to form a group which can discuss and appreciate good cricket.Are there any fans on this portal who want to join me and help me forming a big group of people who discuss only cricket and can ignore any comment which hurts the sentiments of other people.

Posted by gauravm5 on (March 10, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

@ Damindu Chandima Maduranga: SL beating India 5-0, next to impossible. India-SL last 5 bi-lateral series results: 3-2, 4-1, 3-1, 4-1, 4-1. 4 out of these 5 bi-lateral series were played on lankan soil. Apart from this, in July 2013 tri-series in WI, India beat SL in 2 out of 3 ODIs and SL won only 1(that too in Dhoni's absence) and in one of the league matches, Indian bowlers bundled out SL for just 96 runs. In the last 8 encounters between India and SL in Australia, India won 4, SL won 2 (1 out of these 2 came when Dhoni was not in playin 11) with 1 tie and 1 washed out due to rain. India beat SL in the final of 2009 tri-series (NZ was third team) and then again in 2010 Asia cup final played in Lanka. India beat SL in champions trophy semifinal with lot of ease. So stop dreaming that SL can beat India 5-0.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 10, 2014, 14:11 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully, @realfan, @Yousufahmed1:

Pakistan's batting may be the worst in the world but our batsmen's average against India is awesome. This tells us a lot about Indian bowling. LOL.

Shoab Malik's overall average is 32.67 and against India is 49.51 Nasir Jamhsed's overall aver is 34.57 and against India is 102.0 Salman Butt's overall average is 36.82 and against India 52.21 Mohammad Hafeez's overall average is 31.05 and against India is 44 Saeed Anwar's overall average is 45.52 and against India is 57.8

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (March 10, 2014, 14:02 GMT)

For those of you saying India has never won outside India - FYI World Cup in England : Jun 1983 -India beat West Indies by 43 runs. Benson & Hedges World Championship Of Cricket in Australia - Feb/Mar 1985 - Rothmans Trophy in Sharjah (Aus Eng Ind Pak) : Mar 1985 - won by India. Natwest Trophy - 2002 England where SL was thrashed in all league matches by India. World T20 Championship - 2007 in South Africa CB 2008 Series win in Australia World cup in India - 2011 - Home pressure World T20 Championship - 2012 Champions trophy 2013 in England

Posted by NP_NY on (March 10, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

So many Kohli and India haters, huh? Bring it on! Here's a thought for you - Kohli didn't rank himself no.1, neither did any of the India fans, neither did BCCI. ICC did. You got a problem with the rankings, feel free to give them an exact formula for how to calculate the rankings. Instead shouting subjective remarks in this forum just makes us Indian fans laugh.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 10, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

@mzm149: You didn't answer how did you come up with his average of 53 when he actually averages 20.5 against Australia. LOL. Best moment was when Kohli wept last time in World T20 when Pakistan qualified for finals while India could not and when India was kicked out of Asia Cup after losing to Pakistan. Hahaha.

Bark about Pakistan when your team wins a series even against South Africa C team. You can say whatever you want but your so called best batsman averages 33.25 against Pakistan and if your take out that fluke of 183 his average is mere 11.85.

Posted by amilag on (March 10, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

Their best batsman can not steer the team to reach finals. The best batsman steers victories against Ban & Pak....Best batsman can't get a single ODI win in NZ...ha...ha..ha..what sort of No.01 batsman he is? He can only score in losing course...

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 10, 2014, 13:39 GMT)

@mzm149. Lets compare Kohli vs your best batman Misbah. Do you have a say? Kohli: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/253802.html?class=2;filter=advanced;home_or_away=1;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;orderby=runs;template=results;type=batting

Misbha: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/41378.html?class=2;filter=advanced;home_or_away=1;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;orderby=runs;template=results;type=batting

Posted by realfan on (March 10, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

lol.. these pak and lankan blokes wont be here commenting if it was some other guy who is no.1... even if its ABD , they dont care to comment.... just kohli it is and here we have... imposter thinking they are cricketing experts.... just like their plastic legends their fans are plastic fans too.... zilch when it comes to knowledge on cricket... and on zenieth when it comes to blind bashing.... anyway funny though... lol

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 10, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

@amilag. And the only pitch that is sporty is Colombo and hence one colombo track bully piling runs there. Not anywhere else. he he he. @mzm149. Open your eyes and read them: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/44936.html?class=2;filter=advanced;home_or_away=1;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;orderby=runs;template=results;type=batting

Posted by realfan on (March 10, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

@mzm149 ; reached to asia cup with some luck and won against saffas C team... and you come here barking against india.... lol we saw what you great batsmen did when you were 90 odd for 6 against afgan... we saw what you best bowling did when you lost against zimbabwe.... and yeah junaid... lol too only 1 wicket in asia cup.... lol... keep cherising that forgotten series in december, thats all you can do... and also keep cherrishing that worcd cup you won luckily 22 year back... never even reached finals since then... pity for the world best bowling attack.... lol.... baganladesh scored 300+ against world best bowling attack... lol

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

who said virat is a flop in tests. He almost scored century in 2 innings in sa against sa in tests. So you are calling him as flat track bully. He scored century against australia in perth. Tell yojur jayawardene to come and score in SA AND AUSTRALIA. Haters have some cricketing knowledge and speak. Lankans just because you won asia cup doesnt mean you are the best. T20 wc is for india... Sri lanka will lose its rank1 in t20s soon.. And u guys wont win 2015 wc also..

Posted by mzm149 on (March 10, 2014, 13:26 GMT)

@Yousufahmed1: I am happy even if my team is filled with tail enders as long as they beat your team black and blue. 72-50 and 12-9 is enough to answer you. Remember we don't play at our home unlike your team who arranges home series on flattest of tracks and smallest of grounds to boost averages of their players. Who are you to stop me from commenting on greatness of A B de Villiers?

Posted by realfan on (March 10, 2014, 13:23 GMT)

@amilag : lol whenever a player scores it became flat track isnt it???? lol.... even australia, NZ, SA, ENG are flat tracks... then why do you say only india has flat tracks??? hypocrysy reached new level.... coming to test.... lol he has already got century in SA< NZ< AUS in his first tour itself.... he has already got 6 centuries....dont just come here with no facts... you fail miserably...

Posted by realfan on (March 10, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

@mzm149 : lol look at you reached one finals and bargging here like you are world beaters.... now coming to history sonce you ahve raised... do i need to say pakisthan never won a test series away from home never even they claim to have the best Bowling line up??? do i need to say pakisthan never was in top 3 spots in ODI and TEST ranking since its inception???? do i need to say pakisthan lost all the matches in CT13... do i need to say pakisthan never won a test match in AUS??? lol... coming here spwing hatred is all you can do... face the reality... yah talking about asia cup india did not had dhoni ( who is half the team ) and they did not had raina ( who is very good in subcontinent ).... lol.... won against a C team of india and you brag... is this all you can do??? if so better try and get some job which is worth...

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 10, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

@ amilag Its time you take your medication. He scored hundreds against SA and NZ in their country. Look your Sanga after playing 122 matches he has 35 100s and out of 35 only 5 are out of Asia and out of that 5 one is against ZIm in ZIM. That has to be the most pathetic record for any "LEGEND" ever. No wonder people call him self proclaimed legend. True colombo track bullies.

Posted by RapidCommentsPlz on (March 10, 2014, 13:14 GMT)

@mzm149 and @amilag Guys please do continue with your hillarious comments. you are making our day!!!sorry night

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 10, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

@ mzm149 Averages that you mentioned are still better than some paper legends career average. And its between ABD and Virat how come you whose team is filled with tailenders, whose captain at the age of 40 haven't scored a single 100 and who loose 6-7 wickets regularly for 15-20 runs can say anything about it.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 10, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

@ mzm149 And yours getting hammered by ZIM in a TEST match.

Posted by tutenstein on (March 10, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

@WTEH : Kohli didnt bat against Afghanistan (so called dead rubber), He played only 3 innings in Asia cup . Get your stats right

Posted by mzm149 on (March 10, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

@Yousufahmed1: Sri Lanka just won Asia Cup where you could not even reach finals. Your team is the most over hyped one.

Posted by amilag on (March 10, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

I stand by my previous comment that Kholi is a flat track bully after noticing many comments on the same. Did you guys watch those matches he played in AUs,NZ etc.Those were truly flat wickets. For that matter even worse than some Indian road pitches. Look at the scores of those matches..all are near to 300 or more...These days most of ODI pitches prepared as flat as you can in order to satisfy poor fans who enjoy watching sixes and not a true fight between bat and ball.

When it comes to test cricket, that why player like Kholi, who is flat track bully is failing miserably when play outside India...

Posted by mzm149 on (March 10, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

@Yousufahmed1: Just like your best moment was loss against Bangladesh in last Asia Cup.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 10, 2014, 12:48 GMT)

Interesting facts.

Virat Kohli averages 20.5 against Australia on away and neutral venues. He averages 39.5 against England on away and neutral venues. He averages 36.42 against South Africa on away and neutral venues.

Then they say don't call us flat track bullies.

Best of all he averages 33.25 against Pakistan on home, away and neutral venues.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 10, 2014, 12:42 GMT)

@realfan: Who told you he averages 53 against Australia in Australia. His average is 20.5.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 10, 2014, 12:40 GMT)

@ mzm149 Yeah and I bet you will relish that rare moment your entire life like that only ODI world cup win 22 years ago. Its good to have small expectations specially when you were 60 odd for 6 against Afghan and if not for luck would have been humiliated or like you were pummeled by ZIM. Keep those rare memories with you.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 10, 2014, 12:37 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa: Let them be happy for whatever little joy they get. They can't win series. We all know there is no comparison between A B de Villiers and Kohli. A B de Villiers is the best.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 10, 2014, 12:33 GMT)

@SandipManjrekar : Grapes are sour for you. Your team couldn't reach Asia Cup final last two times. They even lost to Bangladesh last time. The best performance from your team came in last 13 tests outside Asia where they lost 11 and won not a single. What to speak of ODI series lost in England in 2011, against Australia in 2012, against Pakistan (at home) in 2013, against South Africa in 2013 and against New Zealand 2014. Wow what a great performance. India has never won any series in South Africa whereas Pakistan won when they last met South Africa. Remember Afridi. Ask Ashwin he will tell you.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 10, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

@ TommytuckerSaffa The big question is when AB will get to no. 1 will SL fans care to comment on that article. Like SL fans are commenting when Kohli became no.1. of course they have nothing to do with no. 1 in anything. They have never been no. 1 in any serious form of cricket. They are a mid level team. Mosly lingering around no. 5 to no. 8 in rankings.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 10, 2014, 12:25 GMT)

Whatever fans say, Kohli's best three innings were against Pakistan when Junaid Khan took his wicket all three times.

Posted by realfan on (March 10, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

@OneUp2Down : average of 58 in NZ and average of 53 in AUS.... lol... deforcked... yeah ... lol

Posted by gorafa on (March 10, 2014, 12:16 GMT)

why everyone is talking about india's no.2 ranking....this is so bcoz they hav won world cup,CT,TRI SERIES IN WEST INDIES..SERIES VICTORIES IN INDIA....thus swelling their lead..now they lost to SA,NZ,lost in asia cup...their lead is minimal...they r just 1 point ahead of lanka..5 points ahead of 5th ranked england...if they lose couple more series they may well b 6th....so why all the fuss...by the way this article is for kohli's no. 1 odi ranking...his performances in india,away make him the no.1 ODI batsman(no one is close)...he deserves it fully...infact he has played more match winning knocks at 25 than sachin's in his entire career in ODIs...but i must admit he has to prove himself in tests.....

Posted by realfan on (March 10, 2014, 12:15 GMT)

@OneUp2Down : really?? who is the guy who got century in the first match he played in NZ??? 5 matches 5 innings 291 runs 1 century and 2 half centuries 58 average.... yeah yeah defrocked in style lol..... these are odi's in NZ.... and let see the stats in tests... 2 matches 4 innings.. 214 runs 1 century 1 half century, average of 71.33 ... again defrocked in style.... lol... in your face....

want me to give his overal record again NZ??? dont worry you will stop thinking abput kohli if you look at his records.... DEFROCKED???? lol ....

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 10, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

The big question ladies and gentlemen is, when ABD gets back to No.1 again, will it be front page news on cricinfo?? Doubt it.

Posted by WTEH on (March 10, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

Oh wow, by getting a 100 against Afghanistan in a dead rubber got passed AB. Well done Kholi, your country must be really proud of you.

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (March 10, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

@ mzm149 & all Pak fans

Nobody cares about your bullock cart team who run on one wheel sometimes. I said sometimes......Coz I saw their skillful wheel blunder many times before .....as against Asia Cup 2014 final. So called best bowling attack helped opponent to get easy win & trophy. I am not undermining the Lions' capabilities. But if I looked at espncricinfo statsguru and if I give query for last 1,2,3 years performances, I found SL lions have easy meat against Pakistan. Their W/L ratio is better w.r.t. years against Pakistan. What can I say about your team against us? India chased well so as SL in this Asia Cup. But yours one who was exhausted in reaching modest total against us & that too on much favorable batting conditions. We could have won with 7-8 wickets in spare if we were chasing but thanks to good luck factor of Misbah. With such low trajectory win, you walking on moon & counting few innings of Virat against you. Remember, he is still 25 & waiting for your team's turn.

Posted by OneUp2Down on (March 10, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster, I guess you were born after the Indian tour of New Zealand. Black Caps defrocked Virat Kohli in style. Virat is really a fat track bully. He is sure to wilt in the face of good bowling. Lets see what he will do when he plays in Australia - New Zealand in the WC2015.

Posted by realfan on (March 10, 2014, 11:52 GMT)

ok here is why kohli is better than ABD... ABD always had the luxury of amla, smith, kallis at the top 3 and they made the job for ABD easy on almost every occasion... kohli never had this comfort fromt he beginning ( inda were looking for opener and kohli was the one they looked at, he failed , he went to domestic scored heaps of runs , returned , never look back ... even now he doesnt have the luxusry of settled opening pair , literally he and dhoni is the entire team... ) ... ABD again have the luxury of styne, morkel, philander, pollock, ntini as bowlers who were able to give less targets to chace... come to kohli ( whenever india chases its over 300+ most of the time , and kohli alone took entire burden on his young shoulder and he is vastly succede in this ).... kphli is just 25 and ytet to reach his prime ... ABD is in his prime and already 30 more experienced.... any same person with some head over thier shoulders think about this..... not denying the fact that ABD is great....

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

if SL win 5-0 against india same stories can say.that ranking weakness.

Posted by Darkmanx12155 on (March 10, 2014, 11:42 GMT)

VK is the best thing that ever happened to International cricket. Deserving number 1. AB too is very talented player but not as good as VK. VK has played really well against all the teams in every condition be it a green top or gray! His bunny is Sri Lanka.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (March 10, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

Well done Kohli, Mohammad Hafeez is Number 1 all-rounder and Saeed Ajmal is still the Number 1 bowler. despite Pakistan losing the final of Asia Cup.

Posted by Darkmanx12155 on (March 10, 2014, 11:35 GMT)

Kohli will break every batting record ever made by Sachin! Give him a year more to break the 100th 100 record.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 11:34 GMT)

virat kohli 2 sachi tendulkar

Posted by Archangel06 on (March 10, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

Amazing isnt it....India retains No. 2 spot after loosing 8 out of their last 12 matches.2-0 against SA, 4-1 against NZ, and 2 matches in Asia Cup against Pakistan and SL. Also 2 of these matches were tied. It must be appreciated that atleast on one front India has been successful OVERALL...capturing the electronic media. No doubt about Kohli...He is one of the most talented and liked player in Pakistan.

Posted by realfan on (March 10, 2014, 11:22 GMT)

according to lankas the top batsman should be mahela who averages 33 after 400+ matches with a strike rate of 70 and what more he hides himself from new ball and plays at no.4 or 5 ... and he has scored mind bolwing 14 centuries in 400 hundred matches.... wow how can a guy who scored only 19 centuries in 120+ matches can beat the guys who have scored 14 and 16 centuries in 400+ and 300+ matches???? come on guys be reasonable.... lankans always rock.... allt he centuries mahela and sanga scored are on green tops even in asia cup their team especially when tirimanne scored 2 centuries, sanga scored 1 century... those pitches were green tops... that why they always are all time greats.... lol

Posted by Rally_Windies on (March 10, 2014, 11:18 GMT)

if the WICB would give Lendell Simmons , a full year without dropping him ; I'm sure he would make it up to the top 5 at least ........

Every game he misses he is deducted points !

Posted by realfan on (March 10, 2014, 11:13 GMT)

@Yousufahmed1 : you are awesome dude... i am starting to like you... especially the defination of legend in lanka part.... lol... you made my day... :)

Posted by realfan on (March 10, 2014, 11:11 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4 : talk about contratdicting their own statements... you dont want ponting to be judged on his performances in india, but you can judege sachin for his one series performance in lanka.... well here are some stats for you.... sachin has scored 1155 runs in 12 matches at an average of 67 ( greater than in those so called indian flat tracks ) and scored 5 centuries..... sachin never was in trouble against lankan team.... and yeah some stats of muralidharan in so called indian DUST BOWLS ( which are spin friendly ) murali took 40 wickets in 11 matches which mind blowing average of 45 and staggering strike rate of 80.... lol.....

Posted by realfan on (March 10, 2014, 11:06 GMT)

@mzm149 : how may hundreds has ABD has scored ouside SA???? 0 in AUS, 0 in ENG, 0 in BD , 0 in srilanka and he scored 6 in SA alone... and 4 in india that too against pathetic indian bowling side and WI .... lol....

Posted by Hifni on (March 10, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

Consistency is the word for this guy. Although I am not a big fan of him, but he truly deserves that spot. He is another making of Tendulkar, but surely will not even be in the heights of Tendulkar! Apart from his performances he really needs some attitude adjustment of himself! Good luck for his future endeavors!

Posted by RapidCommentsPlz on (March 10, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

Well it's quite funny to see some real hilarious comments from small and mean SL fans and of course from some SA fans too!! They say Kohli doesn't deserve to be even in top 10. !! ha ha ha ha!! REALLY YOU GUYS MAKE MY DAY. THANKYOU VERY MUCH!!And as far as India's #2 is concerned I do know we don't deserve that simply because we are still no.1 and what did aussies did to take that no.1 ranking?? Nothing !! It was India who lost the series and not aussies. So shut up!! We still are the best because few bad performances doesn't really matter against these minnows who after winning ONCE IN A LIFETIME TROPHY come here and start thumping their chest!!India is by far the best team in ODI!! Because it has got the best players all around the globe and they know very well how to handle the pressure. THAT IS WHY WE ARE THE BEST!!

Posted by blthndr on (March 10, 2014, 10:35 GMT)

A team that over the period being rated wins as often as it loses while playing an average mix of strong and weak opponents will have a rating of close to 100. A rating of 100 could also correspond to a side that wins more often than it loses but who has generally played more matches against weak teams. Similarly, if the majority of its matches are against strong teams, then a rating of 100 could be achieved despite having more defeats than victories. In every match the total rating points available equals the sum of the initial rating of the two teams, so ratings can be thought of as being redistributed rather than created. There is therefore no 'inflation' in this rating system, so a rating of 120 suggests the same degree of superiority over opponents now as in the past or future, and a team can meaningfully compare its rating movements over time.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 10, 2014, 10:33 GMT)

@mzm149. Out of ABDs 3 centuries only 1 were scored AWAY from home. That too in a flat deck in Sharjah against a mediocre Pak team.What conclusion can we draw out of this? :P

Posted by blthndr on (March 10, 2014, 10:12 GMT)

How do ratings change? The amount by which a rating improves after winning an ODI will depend on the rating of the opponent. A win over a much stronger team (i.e. one with a much higher rating) boosts the rating more than beating a much weaker opponent. Conversely, losing to a much stronger team will not cause the rating to drop too far, but losing to a weaker side would.

Posted by ankilien on (March 10, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

@mzm149 - Ok so how many centuries a player should have outside ASIA to be qualified as #1 player? How many ABD have in last 12 months outside AFRICA? How many Misbah has or for that matter Sangakarra has? Please enlighten!

Posted by blthndr on (March 10, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

There are a few "rules of thumb" that may be useful when speculating how a team's rating could change. Note that the effect would be greater if a team has played fewer matches. If a team is shown in the table as having played between 30-40 matches then the following would apply: a) If playing a similarly rated team, a win would typically increase the rating by 1-2 points, while losing would cost 1-2 rating points. b) If playing a side rated say 20-30 points higher, a win would increase the rating by around 2 points, but a defeat should only cost 1 rating point. c) If playing a side rated say 20-30 points lower, then the opposite of b) applies - a win might be worth only 1 point, but a defeat might cost 2 points. Finally, it might need two or three wins against a team rated 40 or more points lower to increase the rating by one point, but just one defeat might cost 3 points

Posted by ankilien on (March 10, 2014, 9:55 GMT)

@Udendra... So what do you say mate? The current World Champions & Champions Trophy winner doesn't deserve to be in the rankings? Oh....i know Sri Lanka the current Asian Cup holders should be the at #1 because Asia is way bigger then the World...isnt it?

Posted by mzm149 on (March 10, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

Out of Kohli's centuries only four were scored outside Asia against non Asian teams, 123 vs New Zealand, 107 vs England, 102 vs West Indies and 115 vs Zimbabwe. Even if we include his 133 against Sri Lanka at Hobart, the count is not that significant. What conclusion can we draw out of this?

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 10, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

@Rambo-123. You can dream. Have you ever seen Indian team in 4,5,6,7,8,9 positions recently? I cannot remember such a period for the last 10 years or so. So, dream continues.. and where were you SL recently? no:8. isn't it? ha ha ha

Posted by Pandeyjii on (March 10, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

Now AMILAG may show his Mummy that he is World Famous . . . . . WOW he got 11 references to his comment from all over the world (not only from India), and still counting . . . . . Guess he must end up with an average of 50+ and will be ranked Number 1 for always. . . . . You did good for yourself man, Kudos

Posted by Gzero on (March 10, 2014, 9:43 GMT)

It is funny to see childish comments from people bashing kohli. The article clearly states why Kohli is at number one spot. Below statement from article should suffice.

"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." (How many away?)

Please guys, read the article, study the facts & then post your comments.

Posted by Crick_Player on (March 10, 2014, 9:38 GMT)

How? That's why everyone opposed Big 3 initially. Welcome to Big 3.

Posted by Udendra on (March 10, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

India is no.2?? what a joke!

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

Sri Lanka are still ranked third with 112 points, one point below India

Posted by ThePacifist10 on (March 10, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

@amilag and Chris Silva:

Kohli has 9 overseas hundreds. His average away from home is nearly 50. He is extremely consistent. He has 19 hundreds after all at the age of 25, in addition to 6 Test tons. If you think he's a flat-track bully, then you're clearly blind, as he's scored tons in Australia and South Africa. He also has an ODI ton in England. Don't just put down one player because he isn't Pakistani. It so happens that Misbah doesn't have any ODI tons at the age of 40! AB is really consistent and the fact that he is No. 2 is because he hasn't played as many ODIs as Kohli. Why else would those two keep trading places in the rankings? Because they're more or less equal in ODIs. Kohli will one day match AB in Tests, watch. But for god's sake take your biased opinion elsewhere, please.....

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 10, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

@ amilag and all others bashing Kohly .lol @ you. First check it and comment. The so called flat track bully have higher averages in away matches! Home - 50.74 , Away -57.97. Just accept it and stop bashing! Can you show me a better batman than him with proof? Come with with stats. anyone ?

Posted by ankilien on (March 10, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

@amilag Really mate..did u check before you wrote that..?? Kohli averages 52.27 against all oppositions outside INDIA with 12 centuries...its easy to demean others but before you do that get your facts clear...

Posted by Home_Highway_Tigers on (March 10, 2014, 8:48 GMT)

@amilag: He averages 49 outside India....He is a flat track bully ? Oh really ! Did you not see him score century in South Africa (though in test), were u not born when he hit a century in NZ (1st ODI ), what had happened to you when he tore SL( at Aus) and Pak(at Ban) apart outside India....Please, If you can't appreciate, don't disrespect either! He is more consistent than ABdV in ODIs. Both are great players. AbdV is more sort of an all round batsman than Kohli is.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 10, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

@ yorkslanka When you ask SLslider to be sensible do you mean like amilag , electric_loco_WAP4, Chris Silva

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 8:45 GMT)

Mr. amilag, How can you told that ? Virat got Century against SA in SA and against NZ in NZ. How can we forgot his century against chasing 320 runs against SL in Aus in 36 overs. Each & every batsman having opportunity to play in home ground and away. So, Flat wickets are available for every batsman. Pls count his number of Centuries are 25 within 5 years. He just touch 25% of Sachin within below 25% of time.

Posted by UsmanMuhammad on (March 10, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

After loosing 7 ODI's against Africa and Kiwi's and then to Lankans and Pak, still ranked second. No wonder nobody bothers about icc rankings other than icc itself!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 8:42 GMT)

@amilag : well for your disappointment kohli's average outside India is 49 with century in every country...... lol dint know while world is flat track.... lol.. oh and yeah he score 4 centuries away from India in last 12 months. .

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 10, 2014, 8:42 GMT)

@ Nezan Arthas Khan and others who wonder why India at top after 3 series loss. Thats because of you poor mathematics, not problem of rankings! India lost 4 matches to NZ which costs them lots of points, other than that, no loss to BD like SL did or no loss to ZIM as Pak did. Not only that, look at the series before SA tour - CT2013, Three nation @ WI, ZIM 5-0, Aus home 3-2, WI 2-1 . So overall, those wins where enough to be at top. @mzm149. Do you know whats the average of ABD vs England? 28.88! :D Do not think that you are able to find a player with 50 + average against all countries!!

Posted by smudgeon on (March 10, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

amilag, Kohli averages an abysmal 52.27 outside of India. Dreadful, huh? I'm not a fan of Kohli, but the kid's figures stack up pretty well against his contemporaries and I can acknowledge him as the guy I want to see get out every time India plays Australia (alongside Dhoni). Averaging 40+ is pretty good in the ODI game. Averaging 86 batting second in wins means you're doing something right there too, I'd say...

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 10, 2014, 8:35 GMT)

Definition of a Legend in Sri Lanka. Anyone who can stand on the field for 50 overs and has an average of around 30 is a Legend. LEGEND OF THE GAME.

Posted by yorkslanka on (March 10, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

@ yousefahmed- if Asia cup was such a poor standard competition, then why didn't your team win it?surely if it was that easy you should have walked it shouldn't you?

Posted by Rambo-123 on (March 10, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

Still # 2 a few more days for you guys to enjoy, soon will be 3, 4 or 5 hahahaha

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 10, 2014, 8:30 GMT)

@ amilag This is from the article. "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." Please now mention Sanga's(colombo track bullies) average outside home. And Mahela well his average puts him in the league of bowling all rounders. Like jadeja.

Posted by amilag on (March 10, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

Kholi is a flat track bully..how come he no.1? His records are clouded against the fact that he played so many matches in India.....what is his outside Ind average?

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 8:00 GMT)

OMG..........INDIA is still # 2 ..hahhhahaa

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 10, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

@scarrule-So Pontings 2 bad series v early in his carrier on Ind dustbowls is enough to discredit such great player,what about Sachin?For so called best players-spin-in the 08' series v SL-in SL-he was clueless v Mendis/Murli-3 TMs,<100 runs agg.,avg. 16!

Posted by mzm149 on (March 10, 2014, 7:48 GMT)

Guess what? "No.1" batsman averages 33.25 against Pakistan while his overall average is 52.16.

Posted by yorkslanka on (March 10, 2014, 7:44 GMT)

@SLslider- why dont you grow up and have a sensible CRICKET conversation rather than just being a silly kid from India pretending to be from SL and deliberately making such stupid comments?

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 7:26 GMT)

The fun begins. India, CA and England will always want to stay on top come what may. They would invent new systems to ensure they stay on top. What matters is the opinion of millions of dedicated cricket enthusiasts and their judgement of the teams. How can India (Kholi) be on top of someone like AV who is so consistent.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 7:23 GMT)

Havinn ICC points is one thing, but there are many other sides to consider which ICC don't. From those perspectives Kohli is long down in list. Indians has tendency to "self" glorify..... same was the case of Tendulkar also.

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (March 10, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

India no.2 Any doubt??? Some magazine readers are making hilarious opinions here. BCCI's role behind this?? Can't you put some good sense with proper base??

Let's assume that espncricinfo statsguru db engine is not affected by BCCI's role.

India even in spite of last 3 tour's poor shows, still, leading in all teams if last 12 months' performance considered. SL is neck to neck with India in same period. The only difference is SL won at home conditions against SA (on unfamiliar pitch conditions to SA) & 5 wins against BD however India played against every top teams more than any unlike SL played against minnows most. India's recent performance against kiwis was blunder that hurt most otherwise losing percentage w.r.t. overall matches & W/L ratio would have been excellent.

Talking about Virat, an excellent show put him on top. Sanga/AB/Warner are not far behind. Nothing wrong with his attitude as he hadn't done anything silly like Sanga/Misbah (on-field unsportsmanlike behavior).

Posted by wapuser on (March 10, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

It's amazing to see the level of ignorance amongst the readers of the Cricinfo. I doubt how many people commenting here about their "expert" opinion on the Ranking system have actually made an effort to know the method of calculating the ratings.

The rankings are over a FOUR year period and not just one. Full points are given for the recent two years and half for the first two in the given span. People here are forgetting that within this four year cycle India have won a World Cup, a Champions Trophy, a Tri series in WI and several ODI series, home & away. The number of wins outnumber the recent losses. And if you could put on your thinking cap, India were ranked no. 1 by a fair margin before they toured South Africa. Since then they have dropped ratings with each loss and also lost the top spot and nearly lost the second spot too. While on the other hand SL had a very average couple of years before notching up a few wins recently.

Posted by scarrule on (March 10, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

@electro-loco-wap4 yeah ponting is miles ahead of sachin well just so you know ponting averages 26 in india and remove 2011 tour its below 20. Sure sachin is far behind than him afterall sachin averages modest 54 in australia in test. I feel sorry for you. My little keyboard warrior. Lol and FYI kholi is 4th is icc test ranking.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

@SLSup - That is my point too. ICC should reveal the equation to calculate the rankings. Otherwise all of us are walking in the dark and commenting about a process that we have absolutely no clue on.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

I think AB should have been no#1 and Kholi#2, but I still dont get why the heck India#2 after loosing streak, we really need new ranking system.

Posted by SLslider on (March 10, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

@ electric_loco_WAP4 I agree with you. these Kohli, ABD, Sachin, Dhoni they don't stand a chance in front of chandimal, kapugedera, mahela, nanga. It doesn't matter, sanga has 19 centuries after playing only 362 matches and has a great average of 40 but some kohli guy has only 19 centuries after playing a whopping 131 matches and has an ordinary average of 52. We don't care. we have never had a cricketer who averages over 41 in ODIs ever. coz we don't care. Sanga is the God of cricket. Since his debut SL has not won a single test series outside SL. Real God of cricket. Even Mahela is Lord of Lords, his average after 400 odis is breathtaking 33.33 and 16 centuries. Similar to Sir Jadeja's batting average. What a playa.

Posted by realfan on (March 10, 2014, 6:58 GMT)

for some fans here... lahiru thirimanne should be no.1 for his centuries in ASIA cup, suranga lakmal should be no.1 bowler.... kushal perera should be awarded most attacking batsmen... mahels shoudl be awarded most consistent batsmen with staggering figures of average 33 in overs with a strike rate of 70 that too coming at 4 down over 400 matches played and scored massive 14 centuries.... lol....

Posted by guna_pandian on (March 10, 2014, 6:56 GMT)

@cric_wow Kohli's centuries againt nz n sf.. but sanga's centuries against poor bowling and only in asia.

Posted by SLslider on (March 10, 2014, 6:55 GMT)

@ Fast_Track_Bully We don't believe in averages, WC, or T20 WC, or away test win, CT, or CB series or Natwest series. We only believe in Asia cup. We are Sl fans, don't expect logic from us. We rule the world with our Legends. Even chandimal is better than ponting and Mahela is better than Bradman. A reasonable and intelligent SL fan.

Posted by ZainE111 on (March 10, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

As a South African, I'm probably a bit biased but I feel that AB's rating would be better if South Africa played more ODI cricket.

Posted by realfan on (March 10, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4 : ya going by what you are saaying mahela should be all time great with an odi average od 33 and strike rate of staggering 70 and yeah suranga lakmal, mashrafe mortaza are all time great bowlers.... musfiq rahim is the best wk batsman, and oh yeah afrishi is the best all rounder.... lol... get well soon kid... reality is in front of you..... no one is denying ABD is one of the best, but KOHLI is just 25 and give credict to his staggering figures at this age.... show me another player of same age with the same records of kohli.... lol...

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

i think abd and kohli are modern day greats ...... but we should also not forget msd coming at no6 or 7 and averages as good as kohli and abd

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 10, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4. Whats the average of 'undisputed' no:1 batman in AWAY matches where it test you character? :P

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 10, 2014, 6:30 GMT)

@ electric_loco_WAP4 Ishant in top 5 makes as much sense as Mahela and Sanga considered great outside SL. But these paper legends are the best according to some SL fans. Just won ASIA cup and they are jumping so much. LOL.

Posted by iNsiDers on (March 10, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

Kohli can be number 1 batsman but he can never be number 1 in his attitude towards other cricket fellows

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

you know listening to guys like Hate.me, BradmanBestEver, OZcricketWriter, GVR...spmething itz jst a waste you know what I'm saying.

1st u saying Kohli got at least a century against all countries which is wrong if u saying in ODIs and If u saying in Tests or in both, who doesn't?

Look here Kohli is a good batsman, Virat is 25 and has played 134 ODI, and yes AB is 30 and has played 159... so in terms of form they are both in form and we know if a batsman is in form and playing back to back matches they are likely to score piles compared to being on form and playing only 3 ODIs in 4-5 months.

in that case im saying both this guys are good but cut AB a slack he's a "great". aka the greatest timer of the ball

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 10, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

Rankinks?My hands..err..!-:) Kohli @1 makes just as much sense as Ishant in top5 pace bowlers!Fact-AB is the undisputed no.1,Kohli's not even in top10 bats.Every 1 but our Ind mates know it.But for them Sachin>Sir Don,Ishant may become a 'good' bowler!-:)

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 5:55 GMT)

dont worry, hater gona hate, doest matter how many static, proof given to them. Virat, u r the best. you do well or not we will support you as we support our Indian team....

Posted by realfan on (March 10, 2014, 5:44 GMT)

@cric_wow : yeah lol average of 40 playing 300 matches and scoring only 18 hundreds is better than avergae of 52 played only 120 matches with scoring 19 centuries.... lol... kohli>>>>>> sanga in odi ... face the reality

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (March 10, 2014, 5:43 GMT)

India No. 2? Everybody read the fine print that follows such a statement, much like in a financial prospectus of a share market. Drum Roll. Past performance is no guarantee of future returns! Our team is most certainly, man for man, today, behind SA, Australia, NZ and England. Sad India fan.

Posted by realfan on (March 10, 2014, 5:34 GMT)

@BnH1985Fan : going by your logic KP is still ranked 20 in tests, and eng has sacked him already and also grame smith is ranked 16, he is retired now... should he be relieved from ranking list??? and ranking is not based on past one month or past 3 series.... read again its based on last 12 months, and india in last 12 months won 6 ODI series continuosly with out losing including the one's in Eng, WI .... the fact that their point have decrease is the result of losing last 3 series.... looking from any way your logic fails deeply...

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 10, 2014, 5:04 GMT)

Congrats to him. He hold his team in his shoulders especially when seniors like Dhoni, Raina, Yuvaraj, Gambhir are not in the team due to various reasons. I saw lots of comments against him just because he is an Indian. But that makes him special! You can hate as much as you can but he is a champion who can score at any track any time. Does anyone want proof? Compare his career with other 'legendary' players with in asia and outside. Look at away averages: ABD average 22.83 in away matches! But Kohli averages 62.38 in away matches! Nothing more to say!

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 5:04 GMT)

@AbdulRauf-99. AB doesnt plays the like of steyn or morkel too. AB has performed in a team which had bowlers like steyn, morkel etc. Batsman like Smith , Amla etc. Kohli on the other hand had performed in ever deteriorating indian team after WC2011. His 133 vs SL, which i will say is undoubtedly among best ODI innings ever played was in AUS. His away avg is 49.75. I hope this removes kohli being flat track bully stereotype from your mind.

Posted by RoshJ on (March 10, 2014, 5:01 GMT)

FUNNY and FLAWED ranking system!! Can agree that Kholi should be placed high as the chap is truly talented (minus the attitude of course) but for India to hold on to the No.2 spot!! Really? Thumped in SA, Thumped in NZ, out of Asia Cup..what more a team should do to drop down to earth? Is BCCI behind this ranking system?

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 10, 2014, 4:51 GMT)

@ wapuser I will never understand how teams filled with self proclaimed paper legends have in them to comment on a person like Kohli who at the age of 25 has already scored more hundreds than their Nangas and Jayawardenes.

Posted by sergio11 on (March 10, 2014, 4:50 GMT)

@Johnny_129..complete agree with u mate...as far as india is concerd,or as an indian cricket team fan..i really like to see atleast one of our pace bowler in the top ten..in all format..even a 10th rank will be more pleasing than 1st in batsman..its always bgn like this..Sachin,Dhoni now kholi ind hav done this before..but to win a series abroad,i dont think its enough..Aaron and Umesh must get a long run...think about a bowling that can perform well;with Kholi,Pujara,Skikar,Rohit,Rahane ind can win anywhere...anyways congratz to Kholi..one of the modern greats..if not the greatest..

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 4:50 GMT)

So Kohli is mentioned here and Malinga is also mentioned here who mind you is on 22nd rank, but no mention of the number one ODI bowler ? on flat decks more or less all around the world bowling is a torturous activity and by not mentioning Saeed Ajmal #1 ODI Bowling rank, i am either seeing complete negligence or biased expression. Saeed Ajmal is also 2nd ranked in T-20 bowlers and 5th in Test bowlers ranking so hats off to him, hope others can also pitch in for this observation !

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 10, 2014, 4:47 GMT)

@ electric_loco_WAP4 Yeah this coming from a fan of a team filled with Colombo track bullies. After winning one sub continental cup(mind you SL fans always say winning in sub continent has no value). Team filled with average 30 legends, even Jadeja has better average than their paper legends.

FYI your team has not won a single test series outside SL since Sanga's debut(2000). And you find it easy to comment on Kohli who is already a much much much better player than your self proclaimed Legends. HAHA

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

Kohli and AB-------- Must be kidding , Kohli needs another 100 years to match AB.. Enjoy the biased ranking -- in reality PAKISTANI and SRILANKAN are much better ..India is # 2 ... joke

Posted by Great_Chucker on (March 10, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

@wapuser Kohli is best in current lot of young players..is there any BD batsman who can come even half of his averages or score a century is SA or Aus ..

Posted by caldruid on (March 10, 2014, 4:19 GMT)

Change the rankings computation please. Ind do not deserve to be at No.2

Posted by Yousafahmed11 on (March 10, 2014, 4:14 GMT)

yeah! Kohli far better than devilliers. ABD never played against Styen, Morkel etc, right?. They are the best bowlers in the world and Kohli played against them also smashed Johnson and Co. So he deserves it than any one else.

Posted by Rajesh_India_1980 on (March 10, 2014, 4:06 GMT)

Kohli is just a real flat track bully. AB is a true legend. This shows how Indian players and the team reamin in the top of the ranking. When he played in fast pitches against even relatively weaker Kiwis, his ranking was dropped.But, he used flat tracks and weaker Bangladesh to climb up. He failed against Lankans and Pak even in flat tracks.

Posted by cric_wow on (March 10, 2014, 4:06 GMT)

Just a one hundred and Kohli move up 3 rankings..... With Two hundreds and more than 5 fifties in this year still Sanga didn't move an inch.... lol funny ICC rankings.... :P

Posted by Rajesh_India_1980 on (March 10, 2014, 4:02 GMT)

Kohli is just a real flat track bully. AB is a true legend. This shows how Indian players and the team reamin in the top of the ranking. When he played in fast pitches against even relatively weaker Kiwis, his ranking was dropped.But, he used flat tracks and weaker Bangladesh to climb up. He failed against Lankans and Pak even in flat tracks.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 10, 2014, 3:55 GMT)

@Sri Raj- The Great Ricky Ponting-argu. most succesful player/capt.,1 of most succ. bats-and Tendlukar are hardly same age group.Former is younger.As for comp. betw. the 2,only comp. Ponting ever had was self-him and Lara were by far greatest of this gen.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 3:48 GMT)

India have lost 11 of their last 13 games and Sri lanka have won 10 out of 13 since december 2013. My question is still SL are 3rd and India preserve their 2nd position. How is that possible! useless rankings these are!!

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (March 10, 2014, 3:47 GMT)

@Chris_P Interesting to know how AB fared when he played the same number of matches or at the same age. It is still early days for kholi in Tests and i am sure he will overtake ABD in test as well. In ODIs there is no comparision.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 3:46 GMT)

No point in talking about who is the better player based on these rankings. The rankings are based on performance and talent does not always have to match up with numbers and ranking...

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 3:44 GMT)

Great character and temperament on the field , wonderful technique , he is a lil punter in the making !

Posted by OttawaRocks on (March 10, 2014, 3:37 GMT)

For me, test cricket rankings are the only rankings that mean something since there is no world tourney to decide the #1 team. For T20 and ODIs, its the World Cups that mean something (and to a much much lesser degree regional tourneys like the Asian Cup or maybe triangular series). In summary, T20 and ODI rankings are meaningless and we might as well get rid of them. If there was an international T20 and ODI league then we would at least have league standings to work with.

Posted by tashan329 on (March 10, 2014, 3:32 GMT)

Kohli is a Flat Track Bully who bullied Malinga the best ODI bowler like a kid. He is a FTB who scored hundreds on fast pitches of SA.

Posted by maidenshazza on (March 10, 2014, 3:25 GMT)

Yes Kohli is a great batsman, however, Indian cricket is in a very poor state at the moment. Trying to convince the Indian authorities to prepare faster wickets is an impossible task, and one that will continue to show up their batsmen's inadequate techniques abroad.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 3:24 GMT)

There is no objections over Kohli naming the no. 1 but it's a huge doubt how India hanging on to no.2 in ODI ranking with so much of defeats recently..

Posted by Nuwas on (March 10, 2014, 2:42 GMT)

LOL what India still hangs on 2nd in rankings...after so many losses??? is there a special equation for indian team when rankings are concerned !!! no wonders really...afterall its ICC rankings & who owns ICC nowadays, we all know right!

Posted by samincolumbia on (March 10, 2014, 2:15 GMT)

AB gets to face Ashwin and Ishant while Kohli has to face Steyn and Morkel. Yet, in ODI, Kohli is light years ahead of AB!

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 2:14 GMT)

@abhishek : let's see kohli's performance in NZ...wait he has got century in first match he played in NZ... he has average of 58 in NZ (more than his average in so called Indian flat tracks) he has got century in 4th innings in test matchin NZ... coming to SA.... he has got century in 1st test match he played in SA followed by 96 in 2nd innings..... he has average of above 40 in SA.... fair enough to claim no.1 spot....

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 2:10 GMT)

@Bdthetiger : lol it's not about last 1 month or last 1 series.... read the article it's about last 12 month which includes games played in ENG, WI SA, NZ and guess what kohli averages 60 in last 12 months with strike rate if above 100 ....did sangakarra ever had this average in his career??? leave alone average above 50 sangakarra hardly had average above 40 in his career.. so much jealousy.... kohli has centuries in every country and against every test playing nation.... kohli has more number of centuries than Sanga.... kohli is just 25 and Sanga is way much experienced and 36 .... yet kohli has more centuries than Sanga..... get you thinking right

Posted by bhagavathisekar on (March 10, 2014, 2:08 GMT)

Definitely kohli is the next sachin.He is so consistent.If kohli is rested for an series think of india's situation?Definitely we miss our old players sehwag,gambhir.They had an healthy strike rate as openers.they dont fear to attack the bowlers.But now the new openers were unable to give a good start except in the champions trophy.Also no words to say about our middle order.Its too worse except dhoni.Selectors gave pressure on senior players to retire to give chance to youngsters.Now we have now no bench strength.We have tried all of our youngsters.So what next?.Definitely its sure tat as gavaskar said captain wants his favourites to play.Otherwise Iswar pandey and mishra were in bench for a long time.Do tey bowl well or not is not the question?.Current bowlers are not bowling well.So tey can atleast give a chance.Aswin,Bhuvi,Shami had enough chances.What i m tryin to say is tat there is lot of politics in cricket tat talented players are still outside.Money rules.

Posted by Omarrz on (March 10, 2014, 2:08 GMT)

India still at no. 2 after loosing 4-0 to New Zealand, 2-0 to South Africa, loosing to Pakistan and Srilanka - all lower ranked teams! Wow!!

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 1:13 GMT)

@InSINuATE True! Sachin would still be loved all around the world, even if he had scored half of what he did. It is not about his number, but about his character.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 0:07 GMT)

@mzm149 I am great fan of both VK and de villiers but talking of class de villiers is absolutely nothing compared to the likes of sachin, dravid, hussey and sangakara. De villiers is supported by great players like amla and steyn whereas like sachin did kohli now carries tje burden and the nation on his shoulders. Still he's only 25 and has already broken many records

Posted by kandykolla on (March 9, 2014, 23:48 GMT)

If ICC had rankings in big headed players, I`m 101% sure Kholi would be No.1 in that too.. ( for ever..!)

Posted by CurrentPresident on (March 9, 2014, 23:13 GMT)

For Kohli to succeed as captain, it is clear he needs to be matched up with Ganguly as the coach or manager. That will help him gain the experience and strategic nous.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 21:06 GMT)

Dear Johnny, why don't teams like Australia, England, South Africa produce slow dust bowls to encourage spinners and try to win in the Indian subcontinent. If they continue like this they will end the art of spin in their countries.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 20:58 GMT)

Well good for Kohli to get on number 1 and AB on number 2. athe reality is South Africa is a bteer team and individual performances count best when team is in goos standing. India hasnt been in best of the form in comparison to other Asian teams and South Africa and Australia. So Kohli and fans enjoy this as there's not much else to celebrate.

Posted by Rohit... on (March 9, 2014, 20:53 GMT)

Some people are saying that Just Because Kohli Don't Have the Respect That Sachin Recieves, He Will Vanish Soon... Guys !!! Please Respect Talent... It is because of Kohli that Sachin felt that the Future will be bright even in his absence... If U want to see Sachin Happy & Proud, PRAY THAT KOHLI WILL CONTINUE THIS FORM.

Posted by LateefLabeeb on (March 9, 2014, 20:33 GMT)

I can't understand the ranking system devised by ICC as india even after losing bulk of the matches during last 2-3 months still holding number 2 position in ODI team ranking..where as if samething would have happened with Pakistan or any other side by now they should have been at number4 or even number 5. That shows ranking system is not fully crystal clear...teams are ranked as per liking sometimes not on the basis of performance. BIG3 issue...showing its impact!!!

Posted by victortrumpet on (March 9, 2014, 20:21 GMT)

Kohli deserves his spot at the top , but in general you have to say these are some Mickey Mouse rankings systems. Seriously, India in no.2?? India couldn't beat NZ (with a population less than half a percent the size of India's) in 5 matches in NZ !! That's a staggering statistic and bears out the premise beyond any measure of doubt; this is some Mickey Mouse ranking system.

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (March 9, 2014, 20:02 GMT)

Virat Kohli is the best batsman in the world by miles. It is not even close. I don't know what is all the fuss about AB being the better batsman. Kohli has test centuries in SA, Aus, NZ in his first visit. He scored ODI hundreds in England, Australia and NZ in his first visit. He has produced innumerable priceless innings while chasing under pressure and a genuine match winner. How many pressure matches did AB win for SA? Has he ever performed in a match when it mattered the most? Not to mention AB didn't have to face Steyn, Morkel, Philander and he could feast on pathetic Indian bowling which Kohli can't. I'm sure if Kohli was playing for SA, his ODI average would be 65. In ODIs Kohli>>>>AB, in tests, ATM, AB>Kohli. I'm sure in couple of years time, Kohli will be #1 in tests too.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 19:59 GMT)

@johnny_129 - buddy Indian soil is either red or sticky one.......... most of the players who grown up on this land are either play on basket ball courts which are made of cement to experience bounce or red soil kind of grounds which stick before coming to batsmen........... but with these pitches around we got Hajare, Mankad, Gavaskar, Sachin and Kohli, but with only reason we are here is with hard work to show world we can do anything, we are everywhere and no one can beat us in our dedication............

Posted by SixnOutNZ on (March 9, 2014, 19:52 GMT)

I love Kholi. Go the Black Caps.

Posted by BnH1985Fan on (March 9, 2014, 19:49 GMT)

Not sure if these rankings mean anything at all. Kohli may be on the top, but India crashed out against SA and NZ and failed to qualify for the Asia final. Raina is ranked 30 on ICC's list, and he's having a difficult time breaking into the Indian team!

One could stretch all this to say team India is so good, a player ranked 30 in the world doesn't have a chance to play for India! Ridiculous! These are just feel-good measures!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 19:45 GMT)

who cares he is no 1? whole world know this is some kind of ranking drama comes with big 3. the fact is india can't win out of the country accept the reality :D hahaha.

Posted by thozar on (March 9, 2014, 19:43 GMT)

@Johnny_129, why dont Oz or RSA who seldom win in India focus on preparing pitches that will assist spinners and also encourage spinners in their countries? This is the only way they can hope to taste a series win in India. Why is it so great that a pitch supports fast bowlers but not spinners? Why should all pitches be the same? This is how our pitches will be when your team tours us. If you have good spinners not mediocre spinners like Nathan Lyon, and half-decent batsmen, then you could also compete in our turners. Dont worry about us, we have won in all parts of the world and contrary to popular belief our batsmen are quite good at playing fast bowling. Once we get Ishant back on full form and Umesh fit and firing to replace Zaheer, our pace bowling will also be strong.

Posted by thozar on (March 9, 2014, 19:37 GMT)

@Hate.ME, Murali is not just better than Warne, he is way way better than Warne who was only a bully against people who didn't know how to play spin, in other words, hapless English and S.African batsmen. Against the masters aka Indian batsmen, he was another sub-standard bowler as his average against us shows. Oz and English fans and their media like to overhype their ordinary cricketers. They have drummed this "Bradman is greatest" slogan into our ears for a long time and it has become like a gospel now. What would Bradman average if he played now? Most likely, high 30s. He was another England bully like Brad Haddin. Nothing special. If Brad Haddin was allowed to play only against England, he will also average in 3 figures. That doesn't make him a great batsman.

Back to the article, among current players Kohli is the greatest batsman across all formats in the world. Anyone who disagrees doesn't understand cricket, simple as that.

Posted by pinkooji on (March 9, 2014, 19:14 GMT)

India does not deserve to be in second place - pathetic performances abroad. It is evident that these players have no respect or pride to play for India anymore. But before we point fingers, lets just not forget that it is us (the people) who have made IPL a premier event! If the public keeps at it, it will be only contribute to the sad quicker demise of Indian cricket....

Posted by Nampally on (March 9, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

There is a lot of unnecessary debate going on who is the better of the 2 batsmen- Kohli or AB de? Both are great in their own way & there is very little difference in their batting averages or the S/R. However AB de is 30 whilst Kohli is only 25. Kohli has scored 19 centuries in 126 innings @ an average of 52 Vs. 16 of AB De in 153 innings @ an average of 49. Their S/R in ODI are close with AB De @ 94 & Kohli @ 90. If you look at the long run Kohli has a great chance of getting his stats. above AB De's whose best days will be over sooner. Both have done well for their countries & have been the king pins. But AB De is a dominant hitter & he does overtake Kohli in brutal hitting against any bowler especially in IPL T20. But kohli has time on his side & may one day match up with AB De even in that aspect. Great Cricketing Duo- Hats off & Congrats Kohli on winning the ODI race this year!

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 9, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

Just the fact that anybody is being compared to Kohli is a compliment to them, including AB. Virat equalled Sir Viv's record just to give you an idea how good this lad is, and he is just 25.

Posted by SLSup on (March 9, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

Response to Kasun Arunoda Pathirana: No one knows how ICC determines ranking. They won't reveal it but then it could be something silly like the Ducworth & Lewis method where NZ recently WON an ODI after scoring 271 in 42 overs only to "beat" India who scored 277 in 41.3 overs! I thought it cricket you had to score more than the opposition to win? If I am not mistaken that is a cricketing rule! But, never mind, "...let's come up with a method that makes more sense." Hmmm...

Posted by Johnny_129 on (March 9, 2014, 18:43 GMT)

Oh great, this will send the Indian fans into batsmen-worship again!! Why NOT just focus on building faster pitches in India and encouraging bowlers who strive for pace (eg. Yadav & Aaron) by, firstly, selecting them and also awarding them MoM when they take 4 wickets to win a match for India as opposed to a century from a batsman! India will only win away if they encourage pace. The way Dhoni and Kholi are behaving, they will bring an end to any pace bowlers aspirations - In India!!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

Is there anyone who knows the equation that calculate rankings?

Posted by scarrule on (March 9, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

@chrisp ab d averages 45 in square turner pitches in india. So i don't see the point you making. Mind i tell kholi is much better odi batsman when it comes to bat under pressure or chase 300+ score which is almost everytime nowadays. His 133* against srilanka in australia when india chased 330 in 36 over or 183 against pakistan which he singlehandedly won while chasing 330+ total. I know ab is much better player but 25 years old ab was far behind him. And also transition from dust-bowl to green-top is not easy and thats why he is considered great batsman.

Posted by Hate.ME on (March 9, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

@ chris

ohh ! I didn't know that..... surely AB is ahead of Kohli in Tests ! and these are still early days for Kohli (in Tests)

But in other formats I wld rate him higher thn AB as I said he takes the burden of whole batting line up on his shoulders especially in away matches and faces moving ball.

Just like I rate Murali > than Warner as Warne had the luxury of pacers McGrath, Lee. Gillespie etc.and Murali used to fight alone with occasional support from Vaas !

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

Also we need consider Kohli is facing Steyn & Morkel. considering Indian openers form, Kohli need to face first spells ..AB comes further down so should have better avg.. ODI no doubt about Kohli.. but he needs improvement in Test ...way to go !!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

@ Chris_P, Please check your facts......Kohli averages 49.75 AWAY from home and NOT 43.1 as you have claimed....

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

Luckily, neither of the players think it as a battle of batting dominance between them because of their age difference.... something alike done by Ponting against The Great Sachin Tendulkar who belongs to almost same age group....its different here..... ABD is 30 and Kohli is 25..... It is obvious that ABD has to retire from cricket ahead of Kohli but that gives this young lad to pile up the numbers any other in contemporary cricket can reach out..........

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

Poor cricket knowledge people posting here... poor knowledge in ranking system also... Grow up guys...

Posted by InSINuATE on (March 9, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

Kohli has talent, but he's nothing compared to Sachin. Sachin was not arrogant or immature, but Kohli is and that's going to be his downfall.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

great to watch da battle between kohli & AB de, both r highly talented.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (March 9, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

Kohli > AB De Villiers in ODI batting. It's not even a close contest. Throughout all the years I have been watching cricket, Sachin Tendulkar was the best player I've seen and by some miles in ODI cricket. Now, if Kohli continues (and why not? he will only get better), I think he may even be considered better than Tendulkar in ODIs. One reason is that his strike rate is higher and the bowling quality today is lower. In terms of Test cricket, Kumar Sangakkara ranks as number 1 to me, but after he retires it will be AB De Villiers. AB De Villiers is the best batsman at the moment who scores in BOTH formats (Tests + ODIs). Best bowler? Definitely Dale Steyn who will go down as the one of the best bowlers of all time, but I would also like to point a finger at Ryan Harris, who's Test Record is among some of the best who have ever played the game. Harris should be among the "best bowler debates", but it seems like he is extremely underrated in this regard

Posted by Chris_P on (March 9, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

@Hate.ME. Really? Only centuries count? The fact AB averages 54.72 away & Kholi averages 43.1 away means nothing? Interesting.

Posted by switchmitch on (March 9, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

Most of Kohli's centuries have been in winning causes and that is more impressive than his no 1 status. He also does well in alien conditions which indicates that he doesn't shy away from gritting it out on the pitch. All very encouraging signs for the Indian team. He leads well too....only drawback is his adrenaline fueled obnoxious behaviour....if only he could control that....

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

Always Asian batsman has best ratings/ averages because of Asian flat unsporting tracks. Current 10 best batsman in the world: 1. K. SANGA 2. AB DE V 3. H. AMLA 4.D. WARNER 5. CLARKE 6. KEVIN P. 7. MAHELA J. 8. KOHLI 9. ROSS T. 10. MISBAH

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

People commenting here against Kohli or ABD has to understanding one thing..... these stats are accounted for performances in an year in ODIs......from today to past 365 days..... Kohli has accumulated exceptional number during this time and unfortunately AB has fallen short because of the matches played.... so this ranking doesn't mean ABD is next to Kohli or Kohli is better than ABD..... Kohli is giving wonderful consistent performances in ODIs and doing well in Tests but ABD is great in any format he plays.... There should be ranking system where it combines all the three formats and provide points on its basis...... That simply decides who is the #1 player in the world.... at the moment it is ABD - Man of the crisis...no one can match him but on format basis, it is Kohli for now, the number#1 in ODIs who is doing exceptionally well and ahead of others...... replies are welcome to prove my point wrong in this.....

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (March 9, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

@ Ahamed Fuami Mansoor, that is right. After Viv Richards AB de Viilers is best. Kohli is nothing compared to AB. But I was fed up with the way AB batted in last test against Australia.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

i am Indian fan , n still i cant accept the fact that india is 2nd in ODI ranking .. shame on those who are making Rankings .. we got kicked around the ground in SA then in NZ and now lost in Asia Cup and still we are 2nd ?

what Kind of ranking System is that ? embarassing

Posted by Hate.ME on (March 9, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

@ ROgerC

Same logic applies to likes of Ajmal and Misbah..They both are great players no doubt..but not match winners :) ... !!

Posted by Hate.ME on (March 9, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

AB has had the luxury of Smith, Amla and Kallis at the top.....But poor Kohli.... he always fights the lone battle with occasional support from other batsmen and he always faces the moving ball as he comes in to bat at No. 3 unlike AB who plays against older ball in ODIs. In Tests, surely AB is ahead of Kohli.

Point is since Great Kallis has retired it will be interesting to see how AB bats.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 9, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

A B de Villiers is the best ODI and test batsman of current generation. A B de Villiers is a class apart. Clarke, Amla, KP, Kallis, Ponting, Hussey, Yousuf, Inzimam, Anwar, Lara, Smith, Sangakkara, Jayawerdene, Jayasuria, Trott, Tendulakr, Dravid, Kohli are some other great modern batsmen but no one can claim to be de Villiers.

Posted by Hate.ME on (March 9, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

@ AbdulRauf-99

Going by your logic Ind has won most of the matches including Tests on home ground a.k.a Flat Tracks and on those tracks bowling is really difficult but Ind bowlers pick 20 wickets most of the times and win matches. It means they are The Best Bowlers ! lol

Posted by Hate.ME on (March 9, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

2 Batsman who can play all 3 formats with ease :-

1) Kohli

2) AB

Although AB is a mature Test Cricketer as well but lets not forget that although Ind has poor record overseas but Kohli has scored centuries in all nations he has traveled..Aus, SA and NZ. Great player.

Posted by Brahams on (March 9, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

Hmm.. In my view the 'best' batsman is AB - I also understand why Kholi is Numero Uno in the ranking.

Too bad that only a few can understand this nuance.....

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

The player with immense natural talent....... this guy truly deserve severe applause !! If some one ask me to add any foreign player in Pakistani team I would straight forward go for him.. I had a great respect for him, but what I personally observe, apart from criticism and biases, he needs to learn some manners and how to control emotions!!! He is the one I would prefer over Sachin tendulkar....... (Y)

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

No doubt in that Kohli is currently the best batsman of world.He scored runs in every country & is strong against all bowlers.Just at the age of 25 this man has 25 tons.Hats Off Kohli.The next legendary batsman & future captain of India

Posted by AbdulRauf-99 on (March 9, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

@Uday Sharma, Your comparing the stats of someone who comes at NO.3 to someone who comes at NO.6, And virat kohli plays a LOT of matches at home, Aka: flat tracks.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

Kohli is the best batsman of the world as far as all matches are played on flat dead tracks

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

AB de Villiers Age =30 yrs | Runs = 7168 @ 51.94 | 100's = 16 Virat Kohli Age =25 yrs | Runs - 5634 @ 52.16 | 100's = 19

These stats speak volumes in favor of kohli. He is just 25 yrs of age and has achieved that most others dream of achieving in entire of their career. @TommytuckerSaffa - He played Steyn in SA brilliantly. He handled same Mitch Johnson by scoring 100 runs in 52 balls.

Posted by Great_Lion on (March 9, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

Most ppl in this comment section don't know how the team ranking ratings come.I want to explain that so plz read this.In icc rankings one team has got points and ratings.Points is come with mathematical function that relative to the opposition rankings.win will give plus points and loss will give minors points.But ratings define as points divided by total matches played(average points per match).India haven't loss many ratings because they played lot of matches(67) than other countries.They loss many points in this year but the reduction of ratings is slow.Same to sri lanka as they played lot of matches(64) than other countries except india.sri lanka got more points in this year but increment of ratings is slow.Rankings is come according to the ratings.I think now all ppl can clear your mind.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

AB is the best batsman in the world in all form of the game. After Viv Richards AB is the best batsman cricket world has seen.

Posted by aussie1993 on (March 9, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

according to my opinion kohli is best batsman in odi cricket while chasing becoz he always plays well under pressure amla and ab are also great modern players but kohli has best stats in 2nd innings than both but when it comes to test arena ab nd amla are the best I still remember amla's dominance vs india in india on tough spinning tracks

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 9, 2014, 15:23 GMT) : To begin with , I don't think it is fair to compare players with age difference more than 2 years or so. Agree that AB is better than Kohli for the time being. But saying he is "miles better" would be exaggeration.

Posted by RogerC on (March 9, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

People don't mind calling Lara the best batsman though WI hardly won anything during his playing. But when it comes to Tendulkar or Kohli, people say that their achievements don't matter as India is not winning much despite their batting.

Posted by Anubhav-the-Experience on (March 9, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

Virat has been more successful in terms of runs but AB is certainly more solid. Next world cup will be exciting if India and saf progresses to last legs of tournament.

Posted by blthndr on (March 9, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa......u cant just say that....obviously AB is more experience and he is at his peak right now and a better batman.... if u want to compare then compare a 25 yrs old AB with virat then see where AB stands 5 yrs ago....or wait for another 3-4 yrs than compare....

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

How Shame By This Ranking System Abd Faar Better

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

i don't agree with this ranking India need always Pakistan behind them

Posted by ksquared on (March 9, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

@MSDR I think most ppl don't hate his batting because he truly is a great player but his attitude on and off the field, arrogance as well as his inability to recognize and acknowledge the opposition and their players when they do well against his own team as well as his general snobbish behavior is probably the reason hence he would never be liked or loved like SRT or even respected like MSD

Posted by NP_NY on (March 9, 2014, 15:50 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa: I disagree mate. No doubt AB is a great batsman. But these rankings are not subjective. They are purely based on numbers. Kohli has simply performed better than AB in ODIs in the last 12 months.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 15:49 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa , Virat Kohli played better than AB Devilliers against Johnson and that too in Australia. Kohli also dominated Dale Steyn and other South AFrican bowlers in recent test series. Virat kohli, given his eperience and young age, is MILES ahead of De Viliers who can't score on turning tracks.

Posted by wapuser on (March 9, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

He deserves the No.1 ranking without any doubt.He has been very consistent in his run making for more than a year.I'm quite excited to watch ab and kohli in action for RCB.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

For sure, Virat is way better player than AB. No doubt. At the moment, he is the best batter in the world. No doubt about it. He will finish one of the finest batsmen in the world cricket has seen.

Posted by Viratkohlirocks on (March 9, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

kohli flatrack bully? He plays better outside india than in india. See his performance against eng and aus at home and then SA and nz away

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

No doubt ABD is by far currently the best batsman in the world in all formats, but where is his contribution in the crunch matches????? where was he in WC qf 2011 vs NZ? where was he in last year CT sf vs ENG? where was he in all those T20 WC???? ABD is more mature player than VK.....

For all SL fans, How great Sanga is we saw last night in Asia Cup final, who always fails against top bowlers like Ajmal........

Posted by shiva89 on (March 9, 2014, 15:36 GMT)

2. kohli got bowled by a good ball from mendis. so does it mean he cant play mendis? he has scored many runs in the past against him. he cannot play ajmal? he didn't even face ajmal is asia cup and when he did last time he smashed him all over in asia cup. okay, he didn't perform against pak at home. but he is also a human being and everyone has off days. I saw ajmal go for 60 plus runs against a team like BD in asia cup. now is he a bad bowler?

Posted by MSDR on (March 9, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

Why so many ppl are against Kohli...

Posted by shiva89 on (March 9, 2014, 15:32 GMT)

whatever he is; good player or bad player. he scores runs consistently, against every opposition and has performed in every condition. but 2 things I want to count - 1. every player performs better and is more suited to home tracks. but a good batsman is someone whose home vs away average difference is minimal. even sanga has played 60% matches in subcontinent. so can we say his abilities are confined only to flat tracks. or we should become stereotype? for instance he failed in the finals of wc 2011, t20 wc 2012, ct semi final, asia cup final. so now is it good to say that he cannot perform under pressure in big matches? I love his batting and respect sanga but I wont get biased over here. in the same manner kohli or any other fails in one situation that does not mean he is not potent enough. now if he fails in one series, would that be right to say its his downfall or he cant perform against this opposition in this condition? everybody plays better at home... check again.. EVERYBODY.

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 9, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

Virat has been one of the greatest find for India. Batting at No.3 in ODI and 4 in tests have proved his ability with the bat in most conditions already. He has the talent and the mental toughness which is required to be as consistent as he is presently. If not burdened with the captaincy for another 3-4 years, all batting records will be in his kitty. He has already matured into a great player over the years, all that's left now is to get his emotions under control and then will be ready to take over from MSD.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 9, 2014, 15:23 GMT)

AB is miles better than Virat. The way AB played Mitch Johnson is testament to that, never mind his amazing shot selection and the wicket keeping duties.

Posted by Desiboi80 on (March 9, 2014, 15:22 GMT)

Kohli's away record since 2011 for the jealous ones in here who can't get themselves to admit he is really good. That's 8 centuries, nine 50s in 40 innings he played at average of almost 54 at a strike rate of almost 91. Thank you, case closed.

away 2011-2014 43 40 4 1941 136 53.91 2135 90.91 8 9 2 174 23

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 15:17 GMT)

Is playing at home only considered for batting ranking ? If not there is no way Kohli is better than de Villiers. Look at Kohli performance in New zealand & South Africa in recent times. You must be kidding ranking kohli above de Villiers !!

Posted by heartbreakerz on (March 9, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

Ab Devilliers is the best batsman in the world all formats. Period

Posted by NomanQadir on (March 9, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

I think Kholi is a very good player. Is he better than AB not sure, but he definitely is one of the best young talents out there. Should he become captain? I think it will effect his batting and I would prefer he focuses on his batting. Can he over take Sachin Tendulkar's numbers, I think he can. The only negative I see in his game is he plays away from his body at times and gets caught behind or in slips and he is a bit arrogant, very different from the class of the Indian greats like Sachin and Dravid

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 9, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

The guy has an average of over 50 against every country except SA where he averages close to 40. Classy Kohli is miles ahead of anybody ATM. He is just a run machine and the lone saving grace for India currently.

Posted by Desiboi80 on (March 9, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

@ Gunston - That's just a proof that India as a team was not good enough to win games, not that Kohli as player was bad.

Posted by Bdcricketdebator on (March 9, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

1 hundred and flat track champ kohli back in top.sanga scored 2 hundreds and 3 fifties in last 1 month and still didnt move an inch in the ranking table.if this keeps up then no one will care about rankings.

Posted by Rohit.Shinde on (March 9, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

Virat Kohli will be very pleased with Indian bowlers. His bowlers are secret behind his number of centuries as most of centuries are while chasing huge targets in recent year. Shame on Indian bowlers.

Posted by NP_NY on (March 9, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

India retains number one rankings ahead of SL even after SL won the Asia cup. LOL. That's because of the countless number of times India has beat SL in the last few years. Of course winning the two biggest world tournaments helped India too.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (March 9, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

Kohli is not the best. In ODIs he is yet to even prove he is good against SA and Australia in SA and Australia. In ODIs AB, Amla, Clarke, Petersen, Warner, Sanga.........all are better than Kohli.

Posted by neanderthal on (March 9, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

@drk night rdr, maybe because that same team won champions trophy and World Cup and many series in between? And may be because rankings are not a reflection of mere 6 months? India is no 2 because no other team apart from SA has performed as well in last few years. If they did not do so badly in last few months they would have been no 1. It's not really so difficult to understand how ranking system works over a few years performance. If it worked on monthly performance then it would be funny right?

Posted by Jimmyrob83 on (March 9, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

I don't care what the rankings say, de Villiers is a far better player than Kohli.

Posted by realfan on (March 9, 2014, 14:50 GMT)

@Ali Nawaz : you have stats guru with you and you can check his performaces all over the owrld... ok let me make it simple to you... average in AUS : 52, in ENG :46, in SA : 45 , in newzeland : 58, and oh yeah centuries away from home... centuries in every in every test playing nation, 11 centuires while chasing, 10 resulted in winning, aveage of 48 away from subcontinent ( excluding, india, lanka, bangla ) century ever 10 match in overseas ..... how much consistency you need???? yeah he has not scored against pak well so did ponting against india in india... so did afridhi ( most duck againt india, least average againt india ) so did muralidharan and warne.... can you judge them now???? no one is denying ABD is better than kohli.... BUt read the article... koli has average of 6

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

Virat Kohli on his way to break Sachin Tendulkar's record.Good going Virat.

Posted by SajithaD on (March 9, 2014, 14:46 GMT)

Nice article to make fans forget the losing streak... Its marketing and have to accept it.. Remember, future of cricket is not ICC... World Cricket Entertainment(WCE) is at its best... Why not, IPL is nearing... So do anything to keep indian fans at ground... Isn't it good idea to postpone T20 WC till the end of IPL... If india lose T20 WC it will be effect the IPL which is the main cricket tournament (who cares world cup if it is not hosted in india)...

Posted by Gunston on (March 9, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

Further proof of individualism...play for yourself and not for the team. How much of these runs in the last few months produced victories to the team? haha

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

i don't understand that how can a team be ranked as no. 2 when they have lost 2-0 to South Africa (who is ranked 5th in the world) 4-0 to New Zealand (who is ranked 8th in the world) and could only manage to win 2 games in Asia Cup that also against Bangladesh and Afghanistan. And this biased nature of Ranking system thus is clearly reflected on Batsmen and Bowlers ranking as well.

Posted by jayray999 on (March 9, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

Michael Clarke at the conclusion of the 2011 Cape Town test that South Africa won by 8 wickets , "It (his century in the first innings) was useless, a waste of time. A hundred is useful only if you help your team win. I'll forget about that pretty quickly." This, after scoring a masterful 151-the highest individual score in the Test-against the likes of Philander, Morkel and Steyn in top form.

Virat will do well to realize: The only statistics worth remembering at the end will be those acquired as a byproduct of team success.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

@ prij yes you are right at Mr. kohli's average. he has scored 289 runs in 9 matches against pakistan and of that 289 - 183 came in one innings.. Gives him a whopping average of 33.25..outstanding isn't it? no doubt he is an exceptional player but i wish he would have batter more outside india/asia. If it is to bat in india only trust me even i could have scored a few hundreds:D... he is nowhere as good as ABD.. he is a world apart:)

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

@electic_loco_wap4- He has centuries in all the countries that he has played till now. How many players from your country can boast the same?

Posted by Desiboi80 on (March 9, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

@ electric_loco_WAP4 - Did you read this article which mentioned 4 of his 6 centuries came away from home?

Posted by Shehan_W on (March 9, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

ICC ranking system is a manually altered system to exaggerate the performances of some teams and players. For an example Alex Hales was the No 1 T20 batsman for a long period after just making few half centuries in home conditions, thats how this system works.....

Posted by realfan on (March 9, 2014, 14:17 GMT)

@Sanath.Shenoy : RCB fan here too.. expecting some nightmare fireworks from the 4 VK, ABD, CG, UV in IPL..... this will be great batting season for RCB

Posted by realfan on (March 9, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

"Posted by on (March 9, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

if only he was as humble as his ability to play "

if he was not humble he would have been another orhit sharma.... the fact of his average, centuries at this age should tell you how humble he is..... how much does he need to perform to please some fan??? come on dude, he is NO.1 batsman in ODI..... humble enough...

Posted by Desiboi80 on (March 9, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

@ electric_loco_WAP4 - Kohli didn't play against Ajmal in this tournament and scored 48 at SR of 94+ against Lanka, if you are going to spew hate, check your facts first.

Posted by realfan on (March 9, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

kohli sure one of the best finds of india.... the way he bursted in to internatonal cricket and he owned NO.3 spot to himself and he never looked back..... got to give it to his consistency.... sure he is hot headed and some have problem with his attitude, but same is case with all australian players, some pak players... and many international players.... that doesnt define the players.... he is agressive and he is show why he shouldne be agreesive with his batting too..... too much class, too much humgry, too much dedication can make you virat.... not many players are all wicket players.... ABD, AMLA, Clarke come to this category under current players and kohli just enterd this list.... congrats to kohli.... hope he continues same form.... he is obviuosly equal to half the team with dhoni and shami being other half of the indian team..... he has inproved his attitude since he has got captaincy, he couls have easily got runs agains afgan, but he backed other players.. he is maturing...

Posted by Desiboi80 on (March 9, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

@ wapuser - 07 WCT20, 11 WC, 13 CT, that's three tournaments in last 7 years. Don't speak from your other end.

Posted by marlon17 on (March 9, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

ICC rankings are ridiculous.. How Kohli become no 1 batsman after 3 failing innings... AB is far better batsman than Kohli..

Posted by shrastogi on (March 9, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

Its just a individual ranking in team sport. What is more important is how many games his form has swung India's way ?. In the last 12 matches India has lost 8 winning just 2 having also lost the no1 ranking. So should we celebrate ?

Posted by scarrule on (March 9, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

Surely he was exposed mate when he thrashed pakistan bowling and scored 183. And sure he was exposed when he thrashed srilankan bowling in hobart when with his 136* india chased 330 in 36 overs. Why you pakistani and sl fans are jealous of him, just because he is an indian player, or because he have equal no. Of centuries as of your legend sanga with much higher average and thrice less games played by him then sanga. Give credit where its due.

Posted by realfan on (March 9, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

@Cricket_is_Unpopular : average of 53 in aus, 46 in england,58 in newzeland, 45 in SA ..... yeah all these teams are minnows right .... lol.... average of 52 overage in just 120+ matches and 19 centuries and 9 away from home 11 while chasing resulting in winning 10 out of those matches .. all these at the age of 25.... yeah show me another guy with same performance.. or atleast show me who can come close

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 14:02 GMT)

@ashan: 2007 - wc t20, 2011 wc 50 overs, 2014 - champions trophy.. This has happened in a span of 7 years.. Dont say something for the sake of saying it.. Get your facts right..

Posted by realfan on (March 9, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4 : yeah yeah average of 50 away from home with 9 centuries abroad at the age of 25... sure is flat track bully... and all this in just 120+ matches.... lol.... shwo me another player of same age as good a kohli.... and he struggled againt maling??? lol... malinga was taken out of attack as soon as kohli came to bat....

Posted by realfan on (March 9, 2014, 13:57 GMT)

@wapuser : lol.... average of 52 and 19 centuries at the age of 25 is no class... show me another cricketer of the same age with these kind of records????? lol.... and india won 6 series last year b including both at home and away???? 2 WC, 2 CT, 1 T20.... and all these once in 10 years???? wonder how many did lanka , bangla, pak won ......

Posted by die_hard_fan_of_delhi on (March 9, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

good to see kohli as no:1 he desrves it

Posted by Naked_Cricket on (March 9, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

Good Cricketer . Bad Attitudes. High Headed egotistic . so at the end low profile sportsman .

Posted by prij on (March 9, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4 seriously check the records of kohli against srilanka and pakistan than comment. ICC is not stupid so they provide anyone no. 1 ranking. no batsmen can play in every match everyone has few innings off sometimes. i don't want to sound like being harsh on someone but please don't comment without knowing the facts.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 13:44 GMT)

wow. great news. I think Virat kohli breakdown all records within 7 year. wish him all the very best

Posted by wapuser on (March 9, 2014, 13:39 GMT)

Kohli is a show pony with no class. India win one tornament every 10 years.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

ICC ranking does not reflect present form.In my opinion, present Indian cricket team is weekest team since many years,no player including Kohli had any worry of team victory, everybody seems to be woried about self ranking, no team effort,no team cohesion, only individual performences here & there.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 9, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

Kohli is just another o/rated ftb who got totally exposed in the Asia Cup facing champ. quicks of Pak and Malinga. Also was clueless v magical spin of these 2 teams-esp. Mendis and Ajmal.But hes Inds best-only-hope!-:)

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 9, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

Virat has been one of the greatest find for India. Batting at No.3 in ODI and 4 in tests have proved his ability with the bat in most conditions already. He has the talent and the mental toughness which is required to be as consistent as he is presently. If not burdened with the captaincy for another 3-4 years, all batting records will be in his kitty. He has already matured into a great player over the years, all that's left now is to get his emotions under control and then will be ready to take over from MSD.

Posted by CricIndia208 on (March 9, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

India are the WORLD CHAMPIONS, they win tournaments that matter.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

if only he was as humble as his ability to play

Posted by Sanath.Shenoy on (March 9, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

Well as a Banglorean i am thinking of RCB with these 2 in red hot form + Gayle coming off injury + Yuvi who got a point to prove to selectors on a flat bangalore(hopefully) deck.........................

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 12:42 GMT)


Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

congratulate kohli kohli is good player any conditions &any pitch you are real player I am very big fan of kohli well play in future you are real Indian cricketer you playing for country

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (March 9, 2014, 12:35 GMT)

@ Ramakrish86: Team India won 6 tournaments in a row beating every cricket playing nation last year hence they are ranked very high inspite of recent losses. This year they lost every tournament they played hence they have dropped nearly to third (Just one point ahead of Lanka). India Makes up of for all away losses by winning at home against top teams hence they still within in top 3 rankings.

Lanka beat Bangladesh before their asia cup hence they have climbed 2 spots in the rankings, If they loose to england (Who is below them) will drop a spot or if they win the series will be #1 ranked ODI team.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 9, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

Damn this two are really beasts.

Posted by scarrule on (March 9, 2014, 12:22 GMT)

@cricket you forgot his 45 ball hundred last year against no. 1 australian team. I'm sure that might have helped.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

rankings r ok but kohli needs to catch up de villiers n amla on the TEST front..........m sure he will........n the sooner it happens will b beneficial for TEAM INDIA.........our last few away series were below par the standards of the indians.....i'll suggest look for specialists....who can perform in the different atmospheres of AFRICA...AUSTRALIA...ENGLAND....WEST INDIES...as conditions and pitches are different from one another and there r players who perform well on one but fails on the other..we need to see a bunch of NATION SPECIALISTS ....players who particularly performs well in a country...not only to go with the same players in all the nations..........i mean let the core be maintained.........but 2 TO 3 players can b rotated depending upon the conditions of the different countries.....

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

devilliers has by far been the best.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 12:11 GMT)

kohli is the best player:::::

Posted by nothingnew on (March 9, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

Kohli is a classy player . He is more consistence than AB or any other players. He is good with any pitch .

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (March 9, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

Indians need to focus hard in coming months for tours of Eng and Aus . BCCI needs to plan better ,by having more tour games and having camps at places like Dharamshala after the IPL so that players can acclimatise . Atleast 5 fit fast bowlers are a must if we have to take 20 wkts and win a test match . Also we need to appoint a proper bowling coach . Congrats to Kohli and hope he and others continue in England as well.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

go lanka go.

Posted by Ramakrish86 on (March 9, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

Although I am an India fan, Still wonder on rankings. India still in top three in all the formats despite repeated failures in & abroad for the past 2 years.

Posted by Kingzzzz on (March 9, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

Its amazing how performances against minnows can give you massive rating points. ICC even ranked Philander as number 1 test all-rounder lol rankings can be a farce at times.

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