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Keshav Maharaj claims top spot in ICC ODI Bowling rankings

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DUBAI: South Africa’s left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj overtook Indian pace bowler Mohammed Siraj to claim the top spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s ODI Bowling Rankings.

Maharaj is the fourth bowler to claim the coveted top spot in the ICC Men’s ODI Bowling Rankings during the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023, exhibiting the fierce competition between the bowlers which has made it difficult to hold on to the position.

Keshav Maharaj was placed at second position in last week’s ICC Men’s ODI Bowling Rankings, he then picked up seven wickets in three games, extending his wickets tally to 14 during ICC World Cup 2023.

He is averaging 24.71 in the tournament with a good economy rate of 4.37.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj is only three rating points behind Keshav Maharaj, having picked six wickets in the last three games for India.

Siraj has picked up a total of 12 wickets in 10 games during the ICC World Cup 2023 at 28.83.

India’s top-order batter Shubman Gill is sitting comfortably at the top of ICC Men’s ODI Batting Rankings, followed by Babar Azam, who held on to the position for two years before being dethroned last week.

South Africa’s Quinton de Kock swapped places with Virat Kohli to claim the third spot, followed by Kohli and Indian captain Rohit Sharma at the fourth and fifth positions respectively.

Indian batters Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul also made substantial gains after scoring centuries against the Netherlands last week, with the former jumping five spots to equal 13th alongside Pakistan’s opening batter Fakhar Zaman while KL Rahul jumped to 17th from 24th.

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