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Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma retains top spots in ICC ODI rankings

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) released the latest ODI rankings list on Wednesday. In the latest rankings, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli (871 points) and vice-captain Rohit Sharma (855) have managed to hold the top two positions among the batsmen.

The dynamic duo is followed by Pakistan’s Babar Azam who is currently placed third with 829 points. Among the bowlers, Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah (719) continued to be steady at the No. 2 spot, a tad behind New Zealand’s left-arm quick Trent Boult (722).

The batting chart saw some movements for three Irishmen, who played a crucial role during the match against England where they chased down a stiff target of 329 runs with seven wickets and a ball to spare on Tuesday. Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie, who scored 113 runs, jumped four places to 42nd, while the vice-captain Paul Stirling climbed one spot to 26th after a 128-ball 142.

Rookie Curtis Campher’s also impressed everyone with his half-centuries both times he batted – 59 not out and 68 in the first and second matches which after all helped him make an entry into the batsmen’s list at the 191st position.

In the bowling chart, Ireland fast bowler Craig Young’s six wickets in the series lifted him 40 places to a career-best 89th position, while Mark Adair (up six places to 138th) and Josh Little (up 38 places to 146th) also made noteworthy moves after Ireland’s stunning seven-wicket win against England that helped pull one back after conceding the three-match series to England.

As far as England is concerned, the ODI skipper Eoin Morgan, also scored a century in the final match, hence gained one place to be ranked 22nd, while Jonny Bairstow moved up a slot to 13th position, thanks to his quickfire 82 in the second ODI.

Among the England bowlers, leg spinner Adil Rashid has moved from 29th to 25th with five wickets in the series, while left-arm pacer David Willey’s eight wickets, together with a haul of 5 for 30 in the opening match, not only won him the Player-of-the-Series award but also helped him gain six places to the 51st position.

England’s series win helped them add 20 points in the kitty in the World Cup Super League, which will see 13 teams vie for direct qualifying places in the next World Cup in India in 2023. Ireland are on ten points.

India with seven other top teams from the league will make it directly to the ten-team World Cup with the outstanding two sides to be established through a Qualifier.

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