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Rohit Sharma storms up the ODI batting charts

Rohit has claimed a career-best fifth position after rising eight places

Rohit Sharma storms up the ODI batting charts - Cricket News
Rohit Sharma, who was declared Player of the Series, earned 59 points for his performances
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India’s Rohit Sharma has surged into the top five of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen after stellar performances in the just-concluded series against Australia, which the world champion and number-one ranked side won 4-1.
 
Sharma has claimed a career-best fifth position after rising eight places following his series aggregate of 441 runs in five matches. Sharma, who played in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2006 in Sri Lanka, 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, which were released on Sunday morning.
 
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 Steven Smith have improved their rankings, while David Warner has 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.
 
Outside the top 20, Ajinkya Rahane has moved up three place to 25th after contributing 141 runs, and Mitchell Marsh has rocketed 21 places to a career-best 43rd after scoring 164 runs.
 
The series, in which a total of 3,159 runs were scored, proved to be a difficult one for the bowlers and this is reflected in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers in which most of the top-ranked bowlers have been unable to defend their pre-series rankings.
 
India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has dropped two places to 11th, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has slipped seven places to 20th, James Faulkner has plummeted seven places to 27th, 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 John Hastings of Australia at a career-best 49th (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, in second place, 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.
 
Since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Pakistan has played 18 ODIs in which it has won eight and lost nine. In contrast, New Zealand has played 16 ODIs in the same period and has won eight and lost seven. In this background, there is very little to choose between the two sides, which are separated by 24 points on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Championship table.
 
Meanwhile, India, after winning the Sydney ODI, has retained it second position on the MRF Tyres 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 3-14 February.
 
New Zealand v Pakistan series
 
25 Jan – 1st ODI, Wellington
28 Jan – 2nd ODI, Napier
31 Jan – 3rd ODI, Auckland
 
MRF TYRES ICC ODI TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (as on 24 January, after the conclusion of Australia-India series and before the start of New Zealand-Pakistan series)
 
RANK TEAM             POINTS
1          Australia         128
2          India                113
3          South Africa   112
4          New Zealand   111
5          Sri Lanka        104
6          England           101
7          Bangladesh     97
8          Pakistan          87
9          West Indies     86
10        Afghanistan    47
11        Ireland             46
12        Zimbabwe       45
 
(Developed by David Kendix)
 
MRF TYRES ICC ODI PLAYER RANKINGS (as on 24 January, after the conclusion of Australia-India series and before the start of New Zealand-Pakistan series)
 
BATSMEN (top 10)
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        SR         HS Rating
   1         ( - )        AB de Villiers     SA         900        54.21    902 v NZ at Auckland 2015
   2         ( - )        Virat Kohli          Ind         825        51.51    886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014
   3         ( - )        Hashim Amla      SA         776        52.70    901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
   4         ( - )        Kane Williamson NZ         770        47.86    798 v SA at Centurion 2015
   5         (+8)       Rohit Sharma      Ind         761!      42.08    761 v Aus at Sydney 2016
   6         (-1)        T. Dilshan            SL          760        39.44    802 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   7         ( - )        Shikhar Dhawan  Ind         748        43.97    794 v SA at Melbourne 2015
   8         (+2)       Glenn Maxwell    Aus        731        36.25    735 v Ind at Canberra 2016
   9         (-1)        Martin Guptill     NZ         722!      42.71    722 v SL at Bay Oval 2016
  10        (-1)        Ross Taylor         NZ         720        43.90    743 v Zim at Harare 2015
 
Selected rankings (top 50)
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        SR         HS Rating
  13        (-7)        MS Dhoni            Ind         706        51.25    836 v Aus at Delhi 2009
  14        (+1)       George Bailey     Aus        704        43.21    867 v SA at Harare 2014
  15        (+5)       Steven Smith       Aus        702        41.65    709 v Ind at Canberra 2016
  16        (-2)        Aaron Finch         Aus        694        38.48    743 v Eng at Melbourne 2015
  18        (+5)       David Warner      Aus        666!      37.67    666 v Ind at Sydney 2016
  24        (+2)       M. Hafeez            Pak        620        32.13    665 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
  25        (+3)       Ajinkya Rahane   Ind         615        33.22    630 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
  28        (+1)       B McCullum        NZ         607        30.42    685 v Eng at Auckland 2013
  30        ( - )        James Faulkner   Aus        598*     39.85    628 v Eng at Perth 2015
  35        ( - )        Ahmed Shehzad  Pak        580        34.51    670 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
  40        ( - )        Azhar Ali             Pak        553*     43.82    562 v SL at Hambantota 2015
  43        (+21)     Mitchell Marsh   Aus        546*!    38.00    546 v Ind at Sydney 2016
  46        (-1)        Corey Anderson  NZ         539*     35.30    604 v Ind at Hamilton 2014
 
 
BOWLERS (top 10)
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        Eco.       HS Rating
   1         (+1)       Trent Boult          NZ         706*     23.48    4.66      738 v Eng at The Oval 2015
   2         (+1)       Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        699        27.89    4.30      717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   3         (-2)        Mitchell Starc     Aus        695        19.65    4.85      783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
   4         ( - )        Imran Tahir         SA         688        22.94    4.49      735 v SL at Sydney 2015
   5         ( - )        Dale Steyn           SA         682        25.93    4.86      746 v Ind at Durban 2013
   6         ( - )        Morne Morkel     SA         666        23.98    4.90      717 v SL at East London 2012
   7         ( - )        Matt Henry          NZ         650*!    21.60    5.38      650 v SL at Bay Oval 2016
   8         ( - )        Saeed Ajmal        Pak        642        22.73    4.18      810 v SA at Centurion 2013
   9         (+1)       James Anderson  Eng        621        29.22    4.92      719 v SA at The Oval 2013
  10        (+1)       Mohammad Irfan Pak        620        31.02    4.88      641 v UAE at Napier 2015
 
Selected rankings (top 50)
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        Eco.       HS Rating
  11        (-2)        R Ashwin             Ind         615        31.73    4.85      691 v SL at Hambantota 2012
  19        (+1)       M McClenaghan  NZ         570        28.20    5.94      603 v SL at Christchurch 2015
  20        (-7)        B Kumar              Ind         568        38.30    4.89      657 v WI at Dharamsala 2014
  22        (+2)       Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         557        34.55    4.87      738 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013
  28        (-7)        James Faulkner   Aus        545        32.36    5.60      585 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
  33        (-4)        Axar Patel            Ind         536*     28.82    4.73      559 v SA at Chennai 2015
  35        (+1)       Tim Southee        NZ         532        31.98    5.34      638 v Eng at Wellington 2015
  40        (+1)       Adam Milne        NZ         515*     40.92    5.05      530 v SL at Christchurch 2015
  41        (-5)        Umesh Yadav      Ind         511        33.74    5.99      600 v Ban at Melbourne 2015
  42        ( - )        Wahab Riaz         Pak        508        30.49    5.52      522 v Eng at Abu Dhabi 2015
  49        (+62)     John Hastings      Aus        485*!    33.42    4.83      485 v Ind at Sydney 2016
 
ALL-ROUNDERS (top 5)
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                                Team     Points    Highest Ranking
   1         ( - )        Shakib Al Hasan                Ban        416       453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   2         ( - )        Mohammad Hafeez           Pak        356       438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
   3         ( - )        Tillakaratne Dilshan          SL          349       415 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   4         ( - )        Glenn Maxwell                  Aus        336       351 v Eng at Headingley 2015
   5         (+1)       Angelo Mathews                SL          335       427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
 
*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after a minimum of 40 started innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has conceded 1,500 runs.

!indicates career-highest rating

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