DUBAI: Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj claimed the No.1 spot on the ICC ODI bowlers rankings for the very first time following his sensational run in recent home matches against Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
After India topped the ODI team rankings following a 3-0 series sweep over New Zealand, Indian players also made giant strides on the ICC ODI players rankings.
In the latest players rankings update, released by the International Cricket Council on Wednesday, Siraj dethroned New Zealand seamer Trent Boult from the no.1 spot on the ODI bowlers’ list with a narrow lead over second-placed Australia’s Josh Hazlewood
Witnessing a dip in his ratings, Boult went down to the third place with 708 points, while Hazlewood retained his position with only two points behind Siraj’s 729.
Meanwhile, in-form Indian batter Shubmann Gill made a staggering jump of 20 spots to sixth overall on the ODI batters’ list following a spectacular double hundred and a century against New Zealand at home.
Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam, however, continued to rule the ODI batting rankings, followed by South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen and Quinton De Kock on second and third, respectively.
Coming back to Siraj, his remarkable rise in ODI cricket last year also earned him a place in the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year, announced on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old has collected 37 wickets from 20 matches since February 2022, when he returned to India’s ODI set-up after three years hiatus.