In a noteworthy development, Indian opener Shubman Gill has achieved his career-best ranking, securing the second position in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Batting Rankings. This achievement is part of a significant resurgence for Indian batsmen, as three of them now find themselves in the top 10 of the rankings, marking the first instance of this since January 2019.
Gill, who recently contributed to a remarkable 121-run opening partnership with captain Rohit Sharma in the Asia Cup match against Pakistan, has moved up one spot. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have also made impressive gains, climbing two positions each and currently occupying the eighth and ninth spots. Sharma’s recent half-century against Sri Lanka and Kohli’s unbeaten 122 against Pakistan propelled them up the rankings.
To put this achievement into perspective, it’s worth noting that the last time three Indian batters were in the top 10 was more than four years ago, and back in September 2018, these three cricketers were among the top six in the batting rankings.
Pakistan, gearing up for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, also boasts three batters in the top 10. Captain Babar Azam leads the pack with a substantial lead of over 100 rating points ahead of Gill, while Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman hold the fifth and tenth positions, respectively.
The latest update takes into account performances in recent matches, including those from the South Africa-Australia series and the England-New Zealand series. South Africa’s Temba Bavuma’s remarkable form, featuring three centuries and two half-centuries in his last eight ODIs, has propelled him to the 11th position, a significant leap from his previous best at 25th.
Several other players have made notable progress in the rankings. Australian players David Warner (fourth), Travis Head (20th), and Marnus Labuschagne (45th) have all seen significant improvements. Indian duo KL Rahul (37th) and Ishan Kishan (22nd) have also moved up the ladder.
Additionally, players like Aiden Markram, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Liam Livingstone, Daryl Mitchell, and Devon Conway have seen their rankings rise in the latest update.
In the bowling department, New Zealand’s Trent Boult has surged to joint-second place among bowlers, while Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa has entered the top five of the bowling rankings for the first time, thanks to his performance in the second match against South Africa.
Indian left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has climbed five places to reach the seventh position, following his impressive performance of grabbing nine wickets in two Asia Cup matches.
On the fast bowling front, Pakistan’s Haris Rauf has surged eight spots to claim the 21st position, while India’s Jasprit Bumrah (27th) and all-rounder Hardik Pandya (56th) have also made substantial gains.
Pandya has simultaneously risen four places to secure the sixth position among all-rounders.
South Africa’s spinners Keshav Maharaj (25th) and Tabraiz Shamsi (29th) have also witnessed upward movement in the rankings.