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Shubman Gill Rises to Career-High Second Position in ICC ODI Rankings

Shubman Gill, the talented Indian cricketer, has achieved his career-high second position in the ICC ODI rankings. Read more about his impressive rise in the rankings and his stellar performances on the cricket field.

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By Crickified Mohit
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Shubman Gill during Asia Cup 2023 India vs Pakistan Super Fours at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

In a remarkable achievement, Indian opener Shubman Gill has reached a career-high second position in the ICC Men's ODI rankings. This latest update places Gill as the highest-ranked Indian batter among the top 10. Joining him in the top 10 are captain Rohit Sharma, who holds the ninth position, and the exceptional Virat Kohli, who is placed eight. This marks the first time since January 2019 that India has had three batters in the top 10 of the ODI rankings. Gill's recent outstanding performance in the Asia Cup match against Pakistan, where he scored 58 runs and formed a solid 121-run opening partnership with Rohit, played a crucial role in his ascent in the rankings.

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Shubman Gill's Rise in the Rankings

In the latest ICC ODI rankings, Shubman Gill has ascended one spot to reach a career-high second position. Gill's consistent performances and excellent batting skills have earned him this well-deserved recognition. His partnership with Rohit Sharma in the Asia Cup match against Pakistan showcased his ability to anchor the innings and build strong opening stands. Gill's contribution of 58 runs in that match played a significant role in India's victory.

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Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma has also been in impeccable form, impressing with three consecutive half-centuries in the ongoing Asia Cup. Additionally, Virat Kohli's unbeaten knock of 122 against Pakistan has contributed to his two-place climb in the rankings. These outstanding performances by the Indian batters have propelled them into the top 10 just ahead of the ICC Men's ODI World Cup, which is scheduled to begin in less than a month.

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Pakistan's Strong Presence in the Top 10

Notably, Pakistan also boasts three batters within the top 10 of the ODI rankings. Captain Babar Azam leads the rankings by a significant margin of over 100 rating points compared to Gill. Additionally, Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman occupy the fifth and tenth positions, respectively. This highlights the strong batting lineup of the Pakistan team and sets the stage for an exciting competition in the upcoming ICC Men's ODI World Cup.

Impressive Performances from Other Players

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The latest weekly update of the ICC ODI rankings also takes into account performances in recent matches, including the South Africa-Australia series and the England-New Zealand series. South Africa's Temba Bavuma has made significant strides in the rankings after striking three centuries and two half-centuries in his last eight ODIs. Bavuma has advanced 21 places to the 11th position, surpassing his previous best ranking of 25th.

Australia's David Warner, Travis Head, and Marnus Labuschagne have also made noteworthy progress in the rankings. Warner has moved up one place to the fourth position, Head has climbed six places to the 20th position, and Labuschagne has risen an impressive 24 places to the 45th position. The Indian duo of KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan have also shown improvement, with Rahul moving up 10 places to the 37th position and Kishan climbing two places to the 22nd position.

Several other players, including Aiden Markram, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Liam Livingstone, Daryl Mitchell, and Devon Conway, have also gained in the latest update of the ICC ODI rankings. These performances reflect the competitive nature of international cricket and the continuous efforts of players to improve their rankings.

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Bowlers Making Their Mark

In the bowling rankings, New Zealand's Trent Boult has risen to joint-second place, showcasing his prowess as one of the top bowlers in the world. Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa has also made a significant breakthrough, entering the top five of the bowling rankings for the first time. Zampa's impressive performance, which included taking four wickets in the second match against South Africa, has earned him this recognition.

Among the Indian bowlers, left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has gained five places to reach the seventh position. Kuldeep's exceptional performance in the Asia Cup, where he grabbed nine wickets in two matches, has played a crucial role in his rise in the rankings. Pakistan fast bowler Haris Rauf has also made significant progress, soaring eight spots to reach the 21st position.

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Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya have also made notable gains in the rankings. Bumrah has climbed eight places to the 27th position, while Pandya has made a remarkable jump of 21 places to the 56th position. Pandya has also improved his ranking among all-rounders, moving up four places to the sixth position.

Spinners Making Strides

Apart from the fast bowlers, spinners have also made their presence felt in the latest update of the ICC ODI rankings. South Africa's Keshav Maharaj has moved up 10 places to the 25th position, showcasing his skills as a spinner. Another South African spinner, Tabraiz Shamsi, has climbed 15 places to reach the 29th position. These performances highlight the impact that spinners can have in the limited-overs format of the game.

Conclusion

Shubman Gill's rise to a career-high second position in the ICC ODI rankings is a testament to his exceptional talent and consistent performances. Along with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, Gill's presence in the top 10 bodes well for the Indian team as they gear up for the ICC Men's ODI World Cup. The strong presence of Pakistani batters in the rankings adds to the excitement of the upcoming tournament. The rise of other players, both batsmen and bowlers, from various countries demonstrates the competitiveness and talent in the world of international cricket. As the rankings continue to evolve, it will be fascinating to see how these players perform and contribute to their teams' success in the future.

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