India captain Virat Kohli surpassed AB de Villiers and David Warner to reclaim the top spot in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen. Australia’s Josh Hazlewood has achieved the number-one position in the bowlers’ rankings for the first time in his career in the latest ICC ODI Player Rankings, which were released on Tuesday following the conclusion of the last round of league matches in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Before Champions Trophy Kohli was 22 points behind AB de Villiers who was sitting on the top since February 25. But with brilliant knocks of 81 not out against Pakistan and 76 not out against South Africa, Kohli surpassed de Villiers and Warner into the number one spot. Kohli is just one point ahead of David Warner. De Villiers, who had scores of 4, 0 and 16 in the Champions Trophy, dropped two places and trails Warner by 14 points. Joe Root and Kane Williamson were ranked fourth and fifth respectively.
India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who is the leading run-getter in the Champions Trophy so far, is ranked ten in the latest ODI rankings. Dhawan has scored 271 runs in three innings during three group matches, with two fifties and a century. Dhawan’s rise means his team-mates Rohit Sharma and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni have slipped one place each to 13th and 14th, respectively, while Yuvraj Singh has gained six places to be at 88th spot.