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Mohammed Siraj soars to Men’s ODI Bowling Rankings summit

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DUBAI: India’s right-arm pacer Mohammed Siraj made a big leap to top the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s ODI Bowling Rankings.

Siraj, who dismantled Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2023 final, got the reward for his astounding performance and jumped eight places to reclaim the top rankings in ODI bowling rankings, a place he last occupied in March 2023, before being displaced by Josh Hazlewood.

Siraj took a total of 10 wickets at an average of 12.2 in the Asia Cup 2023 which powered him to jump eight spots in the latest ranking update and overtake the likes of Hazlewood, Trent Boult, Rashid Khan and Mitchell Starc.

Afghanistan’s spin duo of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman also made great gains in the bowling rankings and occupied the fourth and fifth spot respectively.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s ace pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi remained at 10th in the latest ICC Men’s ODI Bowling Rankings.

The left-arm pacer bagged 10 wickets in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2023 at an average of 23.50.

Pakistan’s all-format captain Babar Azam extended his dominance at the top of the ICC Men’s ODI Batting Rankings, however, Indian youngster Shubman Gill continued to pose a threat to his top position.

Gill, who was 103 rating points behind Babar last week, has moved within touching distance as the two top batters are now just 43 points apart.

South Africa’s Heinrich Klaasen also made a massive surge in the ODI Batting Rankings, courtesy of an all-time destructive ODI knock against Australia in the fourth ODI.

Klaasen’s 174 was the highest individual score in the history of Men’s ODI at such a hefty strike rate (209.64).

His sensational knock propelled South Africa to a 164-run win and moved Klaasen 20 places in the Men’s ODI Batting Rankings. He is now placed in ninth.

Ben Stokes, who announced his ODI return with a magnificent 182 against New Zealand, rose to the 36th place in the ODI Batting Rankings.

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