India opener Rohit Sharma has moved up four places to reach the fifth position in the ICC One-Day International(ODI) Player Rankings. Sharma finished as the leading scorer in the home series against Australia. India won the series by 4-1 on Sunday.
Sharma’s 296 runs in the series, which included a fine 125 in the last match in Nagpur, contributed significantly to India’s convincing victory over the World champions. The winning spree helped the home side grab the No.1 position in the ICC ODI Team Rankings.
Sharma is now on a career-best 790 rating points but his highest ranking has been third, which he attained in February 2016.
However, Other openers in the series have also made noteworthy gains. Sharma’s opening partner Ajinkya Rahane has moved up four places to reach 24th position. Australia’s opening pair of Aaron Finch and David Warner have proved more prolific.
Finch has gained nine slots to reach 17th position while Warner has closed in on No. 1 ranked Virat Kohli.
Other batsmen moving up include Kedhar Jadhav of India (up eight places to a career-best 36th)., Marcus Stoinis of Australia (up 74 places to 54
Marcus Stoinis of Australia (up 74 places to 54th), Jason Roy (up seven places to 30th), Jonny Bairstow (up 48 places to 40th) and Moeen Ali (up 18 places to 56th) of England.
India’s left-arm spinner Akshar Patel has reached a career-best seventh position after moving up three places. The Indian wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (up 24 places to 75th). Kuldeep Yadav (up nine places to 80th) have also moved northwards.