Mohammed Siraj Becomes World No. 1 bowler in ODIs
Mohammed Siraj's sensational run of form was rewarded on Wednesday as he became the new No.1 bowler in the latest ICC ODI rankings.
Right-arm pacer Mohammed Siraj has climbed up to the top spot in the latest ICC rankings for ODI bowlers following a superb show in the recently concluded three-match series against New Zealand at home. Siraj played a vital role in his team completing a series sweep over the tourists.
Siraj has been India's stand-out bowler in one-day internationals for the last couple of years and really stood out during the time when Jasprit Bumrah was absent from the team due to injury. The 28-year-old highlighted his importance to the side with back-to-back four-wicket hauls against Sri Lanka and then in the first match against New Zealand.
Siraj thus joins an elite list of India bowlers who have earlier claimed the world No. 1 rankings in ODIs including the great Kapil Dev, Maninder Singh, Anil Kumble, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah.
The seasoned Mohammad Shami was also at the top of his game and has moved up the rankings - up 11 places to 32nd position after taking four wickets in two matches.
In the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, the right-handed pacer picked up nine wickets at an impressive average of 10.22.
Siraj finished with five wickets in the ODI series against New Zealand after he was rested for the final match, which India won to complete a 3-0 whitewash. His purple patch was also rewarded on Tuesday when he was named alongside Shreyas Iyer in the ICC's ODI Team Of 2022.
Now, the 28-year-old has added a new accolade to his name as he became the new No.1 ranked bowler in the 50-over format after the latest update to the ICC Rankings. He has 729 rating points to his name.
In-form opener Shubman Gill is the eye-catcher as the right-hander jumps a whopping 20 places to sixth overall following a brilliant double hundred and a century against New Zealand at home.
Gill rises in front of veteran Virat Kohli, who slipped to seventh following a quiet series against New Zealand, while Rohit jumped two places to equal eighth after his quickfire hundred against the Kiwis in Indore.