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Kohli reclaims the top spot

Virat Kohli

Calcutta: He didn’t have a great time captaining the Indian team in Bangladesh, but there’s good news for Virat Kohli post-Asia Cup as the Indian batsman has reclaimed the No.1 position in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, which were released on Sunday.

Kohli had entered the Asia Cup trailing then top ranked AB de Villiers by two ratings points. Kohli’s tournament aggregate of 189 runs in three innings, with 136 against Bangladesh as his series best, earned him 12 ratings points, which has put him ahead of South Africa’s ODI captain by nine ratings points.

Following his knock of 136, Kohli had achieved his career high rating of 886 but finished with 881 ratings points after scores of 48 (against Sri Lanka) and five (against Pakistan). Kohli didn’t bat against Afghanistan.

Kohli was last ranked No.1 just before the ODI series against New Zealand, in January earlier this year.

Strong batting performances in the Asia Cup have resulted in a reshuffle of the positions, with Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Thirimanne, who won the player of the tournament, making the biggest progress.

The left-handed Sri Lankan opener has jumped 29 places to a career-best 39th position after he totalled 279 runs in the series, including two centuries.

Other Indian batsmen to head in the right direction include Shikhar Dhawan in the eighth spot (up by three place), Rohit Sharma in the 22nd place (up by one place) and Ravindra Jadeja in 50th spot (up by 12 places).

In the rankings for ODI bowlers, India spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandaran Ashwin are the biggest gainers inside the top 20.

Jadeja has earned four places and is now in the fifth position after claiming seven wickets in four matches, while Ashwin’s nine wickets in the series has given him a lift of seven places that has put him in 14th position.

Rankings

Teams: 1. Australia; 2. India; 3. Sri Lanka; 4. South Africa; 5. England; 6. Pakistan; 7. New Zealand; 8. West Indies; 9. Bangladesh; 10. Zimbabwe; 11. Ireland; 12. Afghanistan

Batsmen: 1. V. Kohli (Ind); 2. AB de Villiers (SA); 3. G. Bailey (Aus); 4. H.Amla (SA); 5. K. Sangakkara (SL); 6. MS Dhoni (Ind); 7. J. Trott (Eng); 8. S. Dhawan (Ind); 9. T. Dilshan (SL); 10. Misbah (Pak)

Bowlers: 1. S. Ajmal (Pak); 2. D. Steyn (SA); 3. S. Narine (WI); 4. S. Finn (Eng); 5. R. Jadeja (Ind); 6. L. Tsotsobe (SA); 7. M. Morkel (SA); 8. J. Anderson (SA); 9. C. McKay (Aus); 10. R. Herath (SL)

All-rounders: 1. M. Hafeez (Pak); 2. A. Mathews (SL); 3. Shakib (Ban); 4. R. Jadeja (Ind); 5. S. Watson (Aus)