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India skipper Virat Kohli has retained the world number one position in the ICC’s latest One-Day International rankings released on Thursday (June 22).
Kohli leads his South Africa counterpart AB de Villiers by four points and will have the chance to consolidate his numero uno position in the upcoming five-match ODI series against West Indies.
Kohli had entered the just-concluded ICC Champions Trophy at the second position, trailing de Villiers by 22 points. However, three fifties in five games saw him dethroning the Protea star who was at the top of the batting chart since February 2017.
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, who finished the Champions Trophy as its highest and second-highest run-scorers, are the next highest-ranked Indian batsmen in the list. Both the players are at joint 10th in the list.
The bowlers’ chart is led by Australia’s Josh Hazlewood. No Indian bowler features in the top ten of the list. The highest-ranked Indian bowler is Axar Patel at 16th position.
Meanwhile, India will have a chance to leapfrog second-placed Australia if Virat Kohli & Co. win all the five matches against the West Indies. The Men in Blue are currently third with 116 points and can overtake the world champions, who are on 117 points, by a fraction of a point by whitewashing the ninth-ranked hosts.
However, if the West Indies manage to win two matches in the series, India will drop behind England to the fourth place on 112 points. The two wins will also help the West Indies to take their tally from 77 points to 81 points which will narrow the gap with eighth-ranked Sri Lanka to 12 points. On the other hand, a whitewash will be a huge blow for West Indies’ World Cup aspirations, as the 5-0 thrashing will drop the two-time World Cup winners to 75 points and in all probability, will end their chances of qualifying automatically for the 2019 World Cup in England.