After leading Indian cricket team to their seventh Asia Cup title, India opener Rohit Sharma has climbed two places up to a career-best second position in the ICC ODI batting rankings. With captain Virat Kohli maintaining the top spot in batsmen rankings, Rohit’s jump has made it a 1-2 scenario for India on Sunday. Also Read - Virat Kohli Pays Tribute to 'True Genius' Diego Maradona
This is for the second time that Sharma is in the second position, having first reached number two in July this year. He aggregated 317 runs in the tournament, which India won by beating Bangladesh in the final by three wickets. Also Read - India vs Australia 2020 | Virat Kohli is Probably The Best ODI Player of All Time: Aussie captain Aaron Finch
Shikhar Dhawan, who was highest run-getter with 342 runs, gained four slots to reach the fifth position. Also Read - Sabyasachi Gifts a Gorgeous Piece of Jewellery to Anushka Sharma Weeks After She Announced Her Pregnancy With Husband Virat Kohli
The pair was rested in India’s last Super Four match which ended in a tie against Afghanistan but still led the run aggregate, thanks largely to a 210-run partnership in the Super Four match against Pakistan in which Sharma slammed an unbeaten 111 and Dhawan scored 114.
Another India player to gain in the rankings table is spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who has advanced three places to take a career-best third position after finishing as the joint-highest wicket-taker along with Bangladesh’s fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, all of who finished with 10 wickets each.
Rashid has displaced former Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan from the top of the all-rounders’ list. He has become the first from his country and 32nd overall to reach top position in the list with a jump of six places.
Rashid’s success with the ball saw him cross the 800-point mark during the tournament, which saw in action five of the 10 teams to fight it out in next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup, and he also chipped in with 87 runs to reach a career-best 97th position among batsmen.
Afghanistan opener Mohammad Shahzad has gained 19 slots to reach 36th position, his highest in two years, while spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman has gained 15 slots to reach the eighth position.
For Bangladesh, wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has attained a career-best 16th position, while Liton Das has advanced 107 positions to reach 116th rank after his fine century in the final. Mustafizur has moved up four places to take the 12th position among bowlers.
Pakistan left-hander Imam-ul-Haq has gained 15 places to reach a career-best 27th position while Shoaib Malik has gained 12 slots to reach 42nd position. Junaid Khan has gained seven slots to reach 30th position among bowlers.
For Sri Lanka, Upul Tharanga has gained two positions to reach 41st rank while Hong Kong captain Anshuman Rath’s knock of 73 against India has led him to 55th position with 532 points, the highest ever points tally for a Hong Kong batsman. Rath’s opening partner Nizakat Khan has gained 28 slots to reach a career-best 78th rank.
In the ICC ODI Team rankings, there is no change in positions in the list led by England, who are followed by India, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.
However, India have gained one point and Afghanistan five. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have lost three points each.
(With PTI Inputs)