Shubman Gill becomes No. 1 batter in world for first time; Mohammed Siraj top bowler
Gill is just the fourth player from India behind Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli to hold the No. 1 ODI batter ranking.
India’s Shubman Gill has become the number one batter in the world in ODIs as he ended Pakistan captain Babar Azam’s reign at the top on Wednesday (November 8).
In the latest ICC ODI Rankings for Batters updated on Wednesday, Gill has risen to the top for the first time in his short career while in the bowlers’ standings, Mohammed Siraj has reclaimed the No. 1 spot.
Gill rises to the top to displace Babar on the back of his solid start to India's campaign at the ICC World Cup 2023 and in the process becomes just the fourth player from India behind Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli to hold the No. 1 ODI batter ranking.
The right-hander has contributed scores of 92 against Sri Lanka and 23 against South Africa over the last week, and amassed a total of 219 runs from six innings at the tournament.
Babar has totalled 282 runs from eight knocks at the World Cup and drops six rating points below Gill into second place as his reign of more than two years as the No. 1 ranked ODI batter in the world comes to an end.
Also, Virat Kohli, who equalled Tendulkar’s ODI record of 49 centuries recently, has moved up to three places to fourth position in the latest batters’ rankings. Kohli is within one rating point of third-placed South African Quinton de Kock - courtesy of his 543 runs at the World Cup.
Shreyas Iyer also jumps an impressive 17 places to 18th overall on the list for ODI batters, with Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman (up three spots to 11th) and Afghanistan counterpart Ibrahim Zadran (up six spots to 12th) making good ground.
The top of the ODI bowler rankings appears completely different to what it looked like at the start of the World Cup, with four players from India inside the top 10 on the back of their sensational unbeaten start to the 50-over showcase event.
Siraj improves two spots to regain his crown as the No.1 ranked ODI bowler, while teammates Kuldeep Yadav (up three places to fourth), Jasprit Bumrah (up three spots to eighth) and Mohammed Shami (up seven places to 10th) are all nestled within the top 10.
South Africa spinner Keshav Maharaj (up two spots to second) and Australia counterpart Adam Zampa (up six places to third) are other big movers inside the top 10, while last week's No.1 ranked ODI bowler Shaheen Afridi drops four places to equal fifth alongside fellow seamer Josh Hazlewood.