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ICC Player Rankings Update: Mohammed Siraj Becomes No.1 ODI Bowler, Gill Narrows Gap to Babar

The latest update in the ICC player rankings sees Mohammed Siraj claim the top spot in the ODI bowling rankings, while Shubman Gill narrows the gap to Babar Azam. Stay updated on the latest ICC rankings and player performances.

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Mohammed Siraj and Shubman Gill during Asia Cup 2023 Final Match against Sri Lanka at R. Premadasa Stadium

In a remarkable turn of events, Indian fast bowler Mohammed Siraj has climbed to the top spot in the ICC ODI player rankings for bowlers. His exceptional performance in the recent Asia Cup 2023 final, where he took six wickets, has propelled him to the pinnacle of the rankings. Meanwhile, Indian batsman Shubman Gill has closed the gap on Pakistani captain Babar Azam in the batting rankings. Let's delve deeper into these updates from the ICC player rankings.

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Mohammed Siraj: The No.1 ODI Bowler

Mohammed Siraj's phenomenal rise in international cricket has reached new heights as he claims the coveted No.1 spot in the ICC ODI player rankings for bowlers. With a stellar performance in the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka, where he picked up six wickets, Siraj has rightfully earned this accolade. The match, played on September 17th in Colombo, showcased Siraj's exceptional skills as he dismantled the Sri Lankan batting lineup with just 21 runs conceded. Notably, Siraj's performance in this final was the best bowling figure recorded by any player in an Asia Cup final.

Siraj's Remarkable Asia Cup Final Performance

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In the Asia Cup final, Mohammed Siraj exhibited his prowess with the ball, taking six wickets in total. What makes this achievement even more impressive is that he accomplished it in just one over, becoming the first Indian player to achieve such a feat. Siraj's ability to dismiss four batsmen in a single over is a testament to his skill and precision. He finished the match with figures of 6 wickets for 16 runs, securing his place in cricket history.


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Record-breaking Performance by Siraj

Mohammed Siraj's remarkable performance in the Asia Cup final not only earned him the title of the best bowling figures in an Asia Cup final but also etched his name in the record books. With this exceptional display, Siraj equaled Chaminda Vaas' record of taking five wickets in just 16 deliveries. Vaas, playing for Sri Lanka, achieved this feat against Bangladesh in 2003. Siraj's achievement showcases his ability to make a significant impact in a short span of time.


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Shubman Gill Narrows Gap to Babar Azam in Batting Rankings

While Mohammed Siraj dominates the bowling rankings, Indian batsman Shubman Gill has been making strides in the batting rankings. Gill's outstanding performance against Australia in the recent ODI series has helped him close the gap on Babar Azam, the current No.1 ranked batsman in ODIs. Gill's consistent performances with the bat have earned him a surge in the rankings, and he now poses a significant challenge to Babar's top position.

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Gill's Impressive Performance Against Australia

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Shubman Gill's impressive batting display against Australia in the ODI series has been a key factor in his ascent in the rankings. Gill's contributions with the bat, including a century partnership with KL Rahul, have showcased his talent and potential. His ability to handle pressure situations and play crucial innings has made him a vital asset to the Indian team. Gill's performances against Australia have undoubtedly played a crucial role in narrowing the gap between him and Babar Azam.

Also read Shubman Gill's Spectacular Centuries in 2023

The Battle for the Top Spot

The battle for the top spot in the batting rankings between Shubman Gill and Babar Azam has intensified. With just a 43-point difference between them, Gill has firmly established himself as a contender for the No.1 position. Babar, who currently holds the top spot with 857 points, will need to maintain his consistency to fend off Gill's challenge. The upcoming matches between India and Pakistan will be crucial in determining the fate of the top spot in the batting rankings.

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ICC Player Rankings Update: Other Key Movers

Apart from the significant shifts at the top of the rankings, there have been other notable changes in the latest ICC player rankings update. Indian captain Virat Kohli has moved up one spot in the batting rankings, now occupying the eighth position. Kohli's splendid century against Pakistan in the Asia Cup has propelled him higher in the rankings. His partnership with Shubman Gill was instrumental in India's victory, further solidifying Kohli's stature as one of the world's best batsmen.|

Bowling Rankings Update

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Alongside Mohammed Siraj, Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has also made significant progress in the ICC player rankings for bowlers. Hazlewood's consistent performances have earned him the second spot in the rankings, further highlighting his effectiveness with the ball. His ability to trouble batsmen with his pace and accuracy has made him a vital component of the Australian bowling attack.

Conclusion

The latest ICC player rankings update has brought about significant changes in both the batting and bowling rankings. Mohammed Siraj's exceptional performance in the Asia Cup final has propelled him to the top spot in the ODI bowling rankings. Shubman Gill's consistent performances have narrowed the gap between him and Babar Azam in the batting rankings. With fierce competition at the top, cricket fans can look forward to thrilling battles between these talented players as they strive to maintain or improve their rankings.

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