India captures both first and second spots on ICC ODI Batting rankings

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India openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have made substantial gains in the latest ODI rankings after the Asia Cup, while Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) has displaced Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) from the top of the all-rounders’ list.

Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have moved up the ladder after the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates, which their side lifted by scoring a last-ball victory over Bangladesh in the final.

Rohit Sharma & Shikhar Dhawan (India)

Sharma, who led the team in the absence of top-ranked batsman and captain Virat Kohli, has shot up two places to a career-best second position to make it a 1-2 for India in the batting rankings. This is for the second time that Sharma is in second position, having first reached number two in July this year.

Sharma aggregated 317 runs while Dhawan topped the tournament with 342 runs to gain four slots and reach fifth position. 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.

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Kuldeep Yadav (India)

Another India player to gain in the latest rankings update 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 Khan (Afghanistan)

Rashid Khan has displaced Shakib Al Hasan from the top of the all-rounders’ list and 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.
Pakistan's Imam-ul-Haq has gained 15 places to reach a career-best 27th position
Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq has gained 15 places to reach a career-best 27th position. 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 eighth position. For Bangladesh, wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has attained a career-best 16thposition, 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 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.

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MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 30 September, after the Asia Cup):

RANK  TEAM             POINTS

  1. England            127
  2. India                 122 (+1)
  3. New Zealand    112
  4. South Africa     110
  5. Pakistan           101 (-3)
  6. Australia           100
  7. Bangladesh      92 (-)
  8. Sri Lanka           77 (-3)
  9. West Indies      69
  10. Afghanistan      67 (+5)
  11. Zimbabwe         53
  12. Ireland              39
  13. Scotland           33
  14. UAE                 21

*Nepal will qualify for a full ranking after playing one more ODI, the Netherlands will qualify for a full ranking after playing two more matches.

(Developed by David Kendix)

With Inputs from ICC

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