Rohit Achieves Career-Best Fifth Spot in ODI Rankings

Rohit Achieves Career-Best Fifth Spot in ODI Rankings

Submitted by Subeditor on Mon, 2016-01-25 09:51 Dubai: Indian opener Rohit Sharmahas climbed up to the career-best fifth spot in the recent ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen following his scintillating performances in the recently-concluded series against Australia, which the world champion won 4-1. The 28-year-old has now become India's second highest-ranked batsman behind Virat Kohli (second), with captain MS Dhoni slipping seven places to 13th position in the latest rankings. Sharma, who was declared Player of the Series, earned 59 points for his performances and he is now 64 points behind Kohli, who trails number-one ranked AB de Villiers of South Africa by 75 points. Australia's dominant performance in the series is reflected in the fact that Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith have also gained in their rankings, while David Warner, Mitchell Marsh and John Hastings have achieved a career-high ranking. Maxwell, who scored 169 runs in the series, has moved up two places to eighth, Smith's 315 runs have helped him rise five places to 15th, and Warner has jumped five places to 18th after scoring 220 runs. Meanwhile, in the bowling department, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has dropped two places to 11th, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has slipped seven places to 20th, Axar Patel has fallen four places to 33rd and Umesh Yadav has plunged five places to 41st. The only bowlers inside the top 50 to improve their rankings are India's Ravindra Jadeja, who is in 22nd place (up by two places), and Hastings, who is sitting in 49th position (up by 62 places). Outside the top 50, Ishant Sharma has gained 15 places and is now in 71st spot. Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc missed the series against India, resulting in him dropping from the number-one position. Starc had moved to the top after he bowled Australia to the ICC Cricket World Cup victory last year in March. Starc's slip means New Zealand's Trent Boult will start the three-match series against Pakistan as the number-one ranked bowler. He leads Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan by seven points. In the series against Pakistan, New Zealand will have an opportunity to move ahead of third-ranked South Africa. However, to make it happen, it will have to win all three matches against Pakistan. Meanwhile, India, after winning the Sydney ODI, has retained its second position on the ICC ODI Team Championship. It trails Australia by 15 points but is just one point ahead of South Africa, which will play five ODIs against sixth-ranked England from February 3. (ANI)