ICC Cricket Rankings: ICC released the latest cricket rankings after the culmination of Zimbabwe’s tour of South Africa.
ICC (International Cricket Council) have released the latest edition of the ODI rankings after South Africa whitewashed Zimbabwe 3-0 at Paarl. Despite demolishing the opposition, South Africa remained at No. 4 in the ODI rankings (below New Zealand, India and England).
Talking of England, they will now have to defeat Sri Lanka in the upcoming ODI series (starts from October 10) in a bid to remain at No. 1 for India have a chance to snatch the top spot during their series against West Indies.
If both England and India win all their matches in the respective series, England will finish at 128 and India at 123 points. India will become the No. 1 ranked team if India whitewash West Indies and Sri Lanka beat England 3-2. If India wins the series 4-1 and England loses with the same margin, both teams will be equal on 122 points.
Talking about the batsmen, Virat Kohli has retained his No. 1 spot. The bottom half of the Top 10 batsmen’s list saw some minor changes with Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow rising up by a spot to No. 8 and 10 respectively. With South Africa’s Quinton de Kock missing the series against Zimbabwe, he has fallen by a spot to No. 9.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has had a below par 2018, has been successful enough to retain his No. 18 spot in the ODI rankings.
With Jasprit Bumrah still at No. 1, the bottom half of the Top 10 Bowlers’ list also saw some changes. South African duo of Kagiso Rabada (five wickets in two matches at an average of 13.20, an economy rate of 3.66 and a strike rate of 21.6) and Imran Tahir (10 wickets in three matches at an average of 9.10, an economy rate of 4.33 and a strike rate of 12.6) jumped three places each to reach No. 6 and 7 respectively.
Each one of Adil Rashid, Hasan Ali and Mujeeb-ur-Rehman stepped down by a couple of places to No. 8, 9 and 10 respectively.
Read some of the recent Twitter reactions on the ICC rankings below:
Impressive turnouts by Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada against Zimbabwe have seen them rise higher into the top 10 of the ICC rankings for bowlers.
— cricketnext (@cricketnext) October 8, 2018
↗️ Imran Tahir
↗️ Tendai Chatara
— ICC (@ICC) October 8, 2018
India dominate the recent ICC ODI rankings.
— The Field (@thefield_in) October 8, 2018