Rohit Sharma closes in on Virat Kohli on top of ICC ODI rankings for batsmen

Virat Kohli retained the top position among batsmen while his deputy Rohit bridged the gap at No. 2 following his record five World Cup 2019 tons.

Rohit Sharma has bridged the gap with Virat Kohli from 51 points to only six after becoming the first batsman to score five centuries in the World Cup.   -  getty images

India opener Rohit Sharma closed in on captain Virat Kohli at the top of ICC ODI batting chart on the back of his run-glut in the ongoing World Cup 2019.

Kohli retained the top position among batsmen while his deputy 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 ongoing 50-over showpiece, which includes five half-centuries, have seen him gain one point to reach 891 points.

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

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

India is ruling the roost in the ODI rankings with pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah extending his lead at the top from 21 points to 56 after grabbing 17 wickets in the nine league matches at the World Cup.

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

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

Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan has retained the top spot among all-rounders, while England’s Ben Stokes has gained nine places to reach the second position.

In the ICC ODI Team Rankings, England remains in the first position at 123 points but only ahead of India on decimal points.

New Zealand and Australia are similarly both on 112 with the former fractionally ahead, and South Africa fifth on 110 points.