Rohit closes in on his captain Kohli at the top of ICC ODI rankings

Rohit closes in on his captain Kohli at the top of ICC ODI rankings
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India opener Rohit Sharma closed in on his captain Virat Kohli at the top of ICC ODI batting chart on the back of his astonishing run of the form in the World Cup.

Kohli retained the top position among batsmen while hisdeputy Rohit bridged the gap at No. 2 following his record five World Cup tons.

Kohli's 442 runs at an average of 63.14 in the ongoing50-over showpiece, which includes five half-centuries, have seen him gain onepoint to reach 891 points.

Rohit, meanwhile, has bridged the gap with Kohli from 51points to only six after becoming the first batsman to score five centuries inthe World Cup. His 885 points going into the semi-finals are his career-high.

There have been many other notable movements in the battinglist, with Pakistan's Babar Azam going up to the third place, just behind hiscareer-high second place achieved in June 2018.

Australia opener David Warner has re-entered the top 10 atnumber six after a highly successful group stage at the mega-event that saw himaggregate 638 runs, just nine less than leading scorer Rohit.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson's consistent effortshave seen him rise four places and back into the top-10 at eighth place whileAustralia's Usman Khawaja has risen to a career-high 15th place. Englandopeners Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow have both risen in the rankings with Royreaching a career-best 13th place.

India are ruling the roost in the ODI rankings with pace spearheadJasprit Bumrah extending his lead at the top from 21 points to 56 points aftergrabbing 17 wickets in the nine league matches at the World Cup.

New Zealand's Trent Boult remained in the second spot aftera memorable league phase that included a hat-trick against Australia, thefirst-ever in ODI cricket at Lord's.

Australia pacer Pat Cummins has moved up three places to thethird spot ahead of South African pair of Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir, whohave interchanged their positions.

Afghanistan spinners Mujeeb-ur-Rahman (6th) and Rashid Khan(8th) remain in the top-10 despite their team losing all matches, whileAustralia's Mitchell Starc (7th) and Mohammad Amir of Pakistan (12th) have alsoimproved.         

The England pair of Jofra Archer (up 103 places to 42) andMark Wood (up 10 places to 19), as well as rising Pakistan star Shaheen Afridi(up 34 places to 23rd) are among the others to gain in the latest rankingsupdate.

Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan has retained the top spot amongall-rounders, while England's Ben Stokes has gained nine places to reach secondposition.

In the ICC ODI Team Rankings, England remain in firstposition at 123 points but only ahead of India on decimal points.New Zealand and Australia are similarly both on112 with the former fractionally ahead, and South Africa fifth on 110 points.

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