India pacer Mohammed Siraj on Wednesday grew to become primary bowler within the ICC rankings for ODI bowlers, a testomony to his fast rise in worldwide cricket. Siraj went previous New Zealand’s Trent Boult and Australia seamer Josh Hazlewood to turn into the top-ranked ODI bowler for the very first time. Not solely has Siraj’s type during the last 12 months been imperious, however his effort within the ODI sequence at dwelling earlier this month in opposition to Sri Lanka and New Zealand has proven simply how a lot the right-armer has improved in latest occasions.
India bowling coach Paras Mhambrey challenged Siraj to work on sure features of his sport final yr and the additional coaching the energetic fast has put in has paid off.
Siraj took 9 wickets in opposition to Sri Lanka to be the main wicket-taker for the three-game sequence and backed that up by claiming a four-wicket haul within the opening match of the recently-completed sequence in opposition to New Zealand.
It means Siraj jumps to the highest of the ODI bowler rankings with 729 ranking factors, albeit narrowly, along with his lead on the prime over Hazlewood simply two ranking factors greater than the Australian.
India captain Rohit Sharma was filled with reward for Siraj when requested in regards to the rising pacer following the sequence whitewash over New Zealand.
“He has done really well, he understands what the team is expecting from him,” Rohit mentioned.
“To come and take the new ball, swing the ball, get early wickets. In the middle overs too, he’s got so much skill. The more he plays, the better he gets,” mentioned the skipper.
Fellow India pacer Mohammed Shami has jumped 11 locations to thirty second total on the up to date record for ODI bowlers, whereas there’s loads of motion on the prime of the batter rankings following the completion of India’s dwelling sequence in opposition to the Kiwis.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam nonetheless enjoys a wholesome lead on the prime of the ODI batter rankings, however there’s now a complete of three India gamers inside the highest 10 and chasing the very best accolade.
In-form opener Shubman Gill is the eye-catcher because the right-hander jumps a whopping 20 locations to sixth total following an excellent double hundred and a century in opposition to New Zealand at dwelling.
Gill rises in entrance of veteran Virat Kohli, who slipped to seventh following a quiet sequence in opposition to New Zealand, whereas Rohit jumped two locations to equal eighth after his quickfire hundred in opposition to the Kiwis in Indore.
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