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“Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj make history in ICC rankings”. Babar Azam dethroned as No.1 hitter | Cricket News

Indian batting Shubman Gill’s excellent run in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 has earned him the top batting spot in the ICC ODI rankings for men. His teammate Mohammed Siraj, meanwhile, took the top spot in the ODI bowlers’ rankings. Gill claimed the number one spot by dislodging Pakistani skipper Babar Azam from the perch. Gill is now only the fourth player from his country to hold the No.1 batting position in ODIs, joining Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. Siraj took the top spot in the bowler rankings with his extraordinary performances in India’s last two matches in the World Cup.

India, undefeated in the 2023 World Cup after 8 matches, dominates the ICC rankings. Although Gill and Siraj are the highest-ranked players in ODIs, others also dominate the rankings in different formats.

Gill, the right-handed batter, scored 92 against Sri Lanka and 23 against South Africa, amassing 219 runs in six innings so far in the ongoing tournament.

The Pakistan skipper accumulated 282 runs in eight knocks at the World Cup, falling six runs behind Gill in second place as his reign of over two years as the world’s leading ODI batter came to an end.

Siraj has had a great year with the ball in ODIs. Although he didn’t start the World Cup on the most promising note, the last two matches saw him give his best. This year, he also picked up a 6 for against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final. Against the Lankans, Siraj led the charge as India decimated the same side once again.

Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are the other Indian bowlers featured in the top 10 positions in the ODI rankings.

Shaheen Shah Afridi was previously the No.1 bowler in the ODI rankings, but has now dropped five places to No.5.

Meanwhile, former Indian captain Virat Kohli claimed the fourth position in the rankings. Gill takes the top spot for the first time in his brief but exceptional career, while Kohli moves up three places to fourth – and one point behind South African opener Quinton de Kock in third – thanks to his 543 World Cup races.

Notably, Indian batter Shreyas Iyer climbs 17 ranks to 18th overall on the ODI batting list, while Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has climbed three places to 11th and his Afghan counterpart Ibrahim Zadran has climbed six places in the 12th, also making inroads.

With ANI inputs

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