Kohli, Sharma retain top two spots

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 7 2020
Sports Kohli, Sharma  retain top two spots

India captain Virat Kohli (871 points) and his deputy Rohit Sharma (855) continued to retain the top two positions in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen, with Pakistan's Babar Azam currently placed third. Among the bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah (719) held on to the No. 2 spot, marginally behind New Zealand's Trent Boult (722).

There were movements for three Irishmen, who played a key role during their impressive chase of 329 against England on Tuesday. Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie, who struck 113, jumped four places to 42nd, while his deputy Paul Stirling climbed one spot to 26th after a 128-ball 142.

Rookie Curtis Campher's impressive first series, which saw him score half-centuries both times he batted - 59 not out and 68 in the first and second matches - helped him make an entry into the batsmen's list at the 191st position.

In the bowling chart, Ireland fast bowler Craig Young's six wickets in the series lifted him 40 places to a career-best 89th position, while Mark Adair (up six places to 138th) and Josh Little (up 38 places to 146th) also made significant moves after Ireland's stunning seven-wicket win that helped pull one back after conceding the three-match series to England.

England's ODI captain Eoin Morgan, who also scored a century in the final match, gained one place to be ranked 22nd, while Jonny Bairstow moved up a slot to 13th position, thanks to his bruising 41-ball 82 in the second ODI.

Among the England bowlers, legspinner Adil Rashid advanced from 29th to 25th with five wickets in the series, while left-arm pacer David Willey's eight wickets, including a haul of 5 for 30 in the opening match, not only won him the Player-of-the-Series award but also lifted him six places to the 51st position.

England's series win got them 20 points in the World Cup Super League, which will see 13 teams vie for direct qualifying places in the next World Cup in India in 2023. Ireland are on ten points.

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 7 2020

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