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Kohli, Rohit maintain top spots in ODIs

Australian run-machine Steve Smith continued to top the chart in Tests and he is followed by Kohli and Smith’s compatriot Marnus Labuschagne.

Dubai: Indian captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma maintained their supremacy at the top of the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen, occupying the first and second spots respectively in the latest list released on Wednesday.

Australian run-machine Steve Smith continued to top the chart in Tests and he is followed by Kohli and Smith’s compatriot Marnus Labuschagne.

India’s wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul is in second place in the T20 rankings for batsmen behind Pakistan’s Babar Azam and ahead of Australian white-ball skipper Aaron Finch.

Indian pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah held his numero uno position in the ODI bowling rankings, while Australian speedster Pat Cummins held the top spot in Tests and Afghanistan’s star spinner Rahid Khan in T20Is.

Among teams, India are placed second in ODIs and third in both Tests and T20 formats behind England, Australia and New Zealand.
Batsman Zak Crawley’s monumental 267 and fast bowler James Anderson’s match haul of seven wickets helped the English duo to rise exponentially in the Test rankings after the drawn final Test against Pakistan in Southampton.

Crawley has ascended 53 spots to reach a career-best 28th position after recording the 10th highest individual score for England and their second highest maiden Test century.

He had started the series in 95th position but his 320-run aggregate has made him the fourth best-ranked England batsman after only eight Tests, behind Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Jos Buttler.
Anderson has moved back to the top-10 after briefly dropping out of it since the preceding home series against the West Indies.

The formerly top-ranked bowler has gained six spots to reach eighth position after a Test that saw him grab his 29th five-wicket haul in the first innings and become the first fast bowler to 600 wickets with Azhar Ali’s scalp in the second innings.

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