Australian opening batsman David Warner has sealed the top spot in the latest ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen, after he produced an enthralling performance against Pakistan in the recently concluded ODI series.
Warner, who amassed 367 runs in five matches, leapfrogged South African batsman AB de Villiers and India’s Virat Kohli to attain number one ranking. The left-handed batsman has been in some good form lately, notching up six hundreds in his past eleven innings.
In the fifth ODI against Pakistan at Adelaide, the attacking opener played a combative innings of 179 off 128 balls and helped Australia win the match by 57 runs, and also the series 4-1.
Warner, who stands 19 points ahead of second positioned de Villiers with a tally of 880 points, was glad he had a great year with bat and that he hopes to carry his form into the Champions Trophy in June later this year.
“It is a huge year for one-day cricket with the ICC Champions Trophy later this year and I am hoping I can take my good form into that tournament and help Australia lift the trophy for the third time.”
The 30-year-old from New South Wales was happy to march his way up the batting ladder and said he would continue to contribute in the same manner and makes sure his side reaps benefits from his form.
“It is always a great honour and very nice to receive these accolades but from my perspective my job is to put our team into winning positions and I have been fortunate that I have been able to do that lately.”
On the other hand, India captain Virat Kohli slipped one place to number three position, despite scoring a hundred and a fifty in the three-match ODI series against England. AB de Villiers, who hasn’t played an ODI game since June last year, walked down one place to second number with 861 points.
Pakistan batsman Babar Azam, who scored his fourth ODI ton against Australia in Adelaide ODI broke into the top ten rankings for the first time. He stands tenth in the rankings after earning his highest career numbers of 733 points.
Wicket-keeper batsman from South Africa Quinton de Kock is fourth in the list followed by Kane Williamson and Joe Root on five and six respectively.
Struggling with his form, Proteas batsman Hashim Amla slipped to seventh while Steven Smith holds the eight spot, one behind New Zealander Martin Guptill on ninth.
ICC ODI’s RANKINGS FOR BATSMEN’S:
- David Warner (Australia) – 880* Points (Career Best 880)
- Ab de Villiers (South Africa) – 861 Points (Career Best 902)
- Virat Kohli (India) – 852 Points (Career Best 886)
- Quinton de Kock (South Africa) – 779 Points (Career Best 799)
- Kane Williamson (New Zealand) – 770 Points (Career Best 798)
- Joe Root (England) – 753 Points (Career Best 776)
- Hashim Amla (South Africa) – 748 Points (Career Best 901)
- Steven Smith (Australia) – 740 Points (Career Best 752)
- Martin Guptill (New Zealand) – 735 Points (Career Best 756)
- Babar Azam (Pakistan) – 733* Points (Career Best 733)
*Last Rankings was updated on January 1st, 2017