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Babar Azam Holds No.1 ODI Spot, Shaheen Afridi Ascends in Bowlers Ranking

Babar Azam Holds Top Spot

Pakistan’s cricket captain, Babar Azam, continues to hold the number one position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s One Day International (ODI) ranking. However, his lead is gradually diminishing as India’s opening batter, Shubman Gill, is making significant strides.

Shubman Gill’s Stellar Performance

Gill has been in exceptional form during the first two matches of India’s ODI series against Australia. The opener has accumulated a total of 178 runs in the series’ opening two contests. He scored a swift 74 in the series’ opening match in Mohali and followed it up with the sixth ODI century of his career in Indore. This performance has led him to a new career-high rating on the updated list for ODI batters. Gill now has a total of 847 rating points and is just 10 rating points behind Babar. This puts him in a strong position ahead of the start of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup on October 5.

Shaheen Afridi’s Rise in ODI Bowlers Ranking

In the bowling department, Pakistan’s left-arm pacer, Shaheen Afridi, has climbed higher among the leading ODI bowlers. He has moved up two spots to sixth, swapping places with Australia’s Mitchell Starc, who dropped to eighth. Afridi and Starc are set to face off in an exciting clash when Pakistan and Australia meet at the World Cup on October 20.

Top Spot Shared by Mohammed Siraj and Josh Hazlewood

On the eve of the showpiece event of the format, India’s quick Mohammed Siraj and Australia’s right-arm bowler, Josh Hazlewood, share the top spot in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Bowling Rankings. Both fast bowlers are level on 669 ranking points. Siraj returned to the India line-up for the third ODI but paid the price in the rankings for leaking 68 runs from nine overs as Australia piled on 352/7 for a much-needed victory. Hazlewood remained steady on 669 ranking points after taking 2/42 in eight overs against India in the same ODI. The pacers will have an opportunity to press their claims for the top spot in the rankings when India and Australia kick off their World Cup campaign against each other on October 8.

Afghanistan’s Spin Twins in Top Five

Afghanistan’s spin twins, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan, are next best in the ODI bowling rankings, holding the third and fourth places respectively.

Mohammad Nabi and Kuldeep Yadav in Top Ten

Afghanistan’s off-spinner, Mohammad Nabi, and India’s Kuldeep Yadav have also swapped spots, with Nabi moving up one place and into the top-10 of the ODI bowling rankings. Kuldeep will have an opportunity to reclaim his top-10 ranking on the familiar spin-friendly decks of India.

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