Mohammed Siraj's brilliant performance in the Asia Cup helped him regain the top place in the ODI bowling rankings
Mohammed Siraj's brilliant performance in the Asia Cup helped him regain the top place in the ODI bowling rankings
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UAE’s Dubai (September 20): On Wednesday, Indian fast bowler Mohammed Siraj jumped eight spots to retake the top position in the ODI bowling rankings in advance of next month’s ICC World Cup, which starts on October 5.

In the Asia Cup final, Siraj’s assault bowled Sri Lanka out for 50, propelling him to the top of the bowling rankings.

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Siraj regained the No. 1 ranking he lost to Josh Hazlewood in March when he bowled a 6/21 in the Asia Cup final.

Siraj took 10 wickets for a tournament average of 12.2. He is now ranked higher than notable bowlers Trent Boult, Rashid Khan, and Mitchell Starc.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan, the Afghan spin combo, moved up the ranks as well, now sitting at #4 and #5, respectively. None of the other top 10 teams improved as much as they did.

Keshav Maharaj of South Africa made remarkable progress away from that sphere after recovering from an injury.

With Maharaj’s assistance, the Proteas beat the ‘Baggy Greens’ in a five-game ODI series for the first time in their history, despite having lost the first two games of the series.

With his 4-33 in the fifth ODI, the left-arm spinner finished the series with eight wickets at an average of 16.87 and an economy rate of only 4.07 runs per over. He has moved up to 15th position, 10 spots higher than his previous best.

The ICC Men’s One-Day International Batting Rankings also saw some changes. In the fourth one-day international between South Africa and Australia, Heinrich Klaasen scored the most damaging innings in ODI history.

Klaasen’s innings of 174 runs with a strike rate of 209.64 in Centurion is the highest strike rate ever recorded in an ODI.

South Africa won by 164 runs, and Klaasen jumped 20 spots in the Men’s ODI Batting Rankings thanks to his performance. As of right moment, he ranks eighth.

England’s ODI series against New Zealand was dominated by Dawid Malan, who scored 277 runs at a 92.33 average and a strike rate of 105.72.

The batter, who spent 357 days at No.1 spot in the ICC Men’s T20I Batting Rankings earlier in his career, is placed at a career-best 13th place in the ODI Rankings.

Malan’s compatriot Ben Stokes, who recently reversed his retirement, celebrated his ODI comeback with a sensational knock of 182 at The Oval. Stokes has impressed with his batting in ODIs, rising to the 36th position in the rankings as a result of his efforts. (ANI)

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