Sunday, 23 January 2022

Joe Root jumps to 2nd in ODI rankings

(Nigel French/PA via AP/File)

LONDON: England’s Joe Root new-found ODI form, that included two match-winning centuries in the three matches against India, has benefitted him with a career-best second spot on the ICC ODI rankings. His England counterparts, Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan too moved up the charts to the 19th and 22nd spots respectively.

Virat Kohli, on the other hand, may have lost his first bilateral ODI series as a captain, but a strong showing in the recently concluded three-match series against England, with scores of 75, 45 and 71, saw him rise to a career-high 911 points on the ICC ODI batting charts, 73 points ahead of the next best.

Kohli’s tally is now the sixth-best of all time, with Viv Richards’ 935 points achieved in 1985 topping the list. In the bowlers’ list, Kuldeep Yadav, thanks to his nine wickets across three games, which included the best figures of 6 for 25 by a left-arm spinner, made the loudest moves, jumping eight spots up to now sit pretty at the sixth spot on the ODI rankings.

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