Kohli only Indian in top 10 of ICC ODI rankings
LONDON: India captain Virat Kohli is the country’s lone cricketer to be among the top 10 ranking players for ODI CPI as he managed to keep his third place on the bench.
The intense competition in the individual qualification justifies the importance of the next ICC Champions Trophy, since the players of the eight participating teams dominate and not much separates the best players in the fray.
The first three hitters – Villiers AB (874 ratings) from South Africa, Australian David Warner (871) and Kohli (852) are separated by only 22 points.
Other Indians ranked among the top 20 CPI ranking players for ODI hitters, not Rohit Sharma (12), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (13) and Shikhar Dhawan, who dropped a spot to 15.
However, there was disappointment for India in the table of balloon pitchers because no country cricket player are in the list of 10, which is headed by Kagiso Rabada in South Africa.
Spinner Patel Axar left arm is in 11th place with New Zealand’s Matt Henry joint, while Amit Mishra (13) and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (18th joint) are the other two Indian pitchers listed in the top 20 list.
Only 23 points separate the top three pitchers – RABADA (724 points), Imran Tahir (722) and Mitchell Starc (701).
India, South Africa and England have four batters in the top 20 each with New Zealand (three), Australia and Pakistan (two each) also have a significant presence.
Similarly, among bowlers, Bangladesh and England have three at the top 20, followed by New Zealand, South Africa and Australia with two.
On the all-terrain list led by Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh, there are three England players in the top 10.
England’s victory over South Africa, which helped them score two points, also reflects the tight competition that can be expected in a crunch tournament like the ICC Champions Trophy.
The top five ODI teams are close to each other with South Africa (122), Australia (118), India (117), New Zealand (114) and England (112) who have a lot to play in the eight-team tournament.
For example, Australia and India could overtake South Africa by the next upgrade if they win all three league games and South Africa lose all three matches.