The men’s ODI rankings have seen an Indian takeover, with Shubman Gill surpassing Babar Azam to claim the top spot in batting, while Mohammed Siraj’s ascent of two places displaced Shaheen Shah Afridi from the summit of the bowling rankings.
Notably, India dominates the upper echelons of the bowling rankings, with Kuldeep Yadav in the top five and Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami in the top ten. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s recent standout performances at the World Cup have elevated him three places to sit at No. 4 among the batters, trailing Quinton de Kock by a single rating point.
Gill’s exceptional year in ODI cricket has seen him accumulate 1449 runs in 26 matches, with an impressive average of 63.00. Despite a slow start at the World Cup due to illness, he has managed to amass 219 runs, including noteworthy fifties against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Gill’s feat marks him as the fourth Indian to top the ICC ODI batting rankings, following the footsteps of cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, and Kohli. India’s consistent dominance at the World Cup, having secured eight comprehensive wins in the league stage, has been highlighted by their formidable bowling lineup. While Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been prolific with the bat, the collective efforts of Shami, Bumrah, Jadeja, Kuldeep, and Siraj have played a pivotal role in India’s commanding victories, as demonstrated by their recent exceptional performances in restricting England, Sri Lanka, and South Africa to low totals