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Kohli and Warner are in the race for Top ODI ranking

By Aditya Pratap Arya -

Indian captain Virat Kohli is on the verge to become the no 1 ODI batsman again as India will take the field against England in upcoming ODI series commencing on this Sunday. Three-match ODI series will kick off at Pune, followed by Cuttack and Kolkata.
India currently on the third place in ICC ODI teams ranking can rise to 114 rating point if they managed a 3-0 victory over England. In the scenario of 0-3, England can move to fourth position and India will slip to the fifth. England is on the fifth place in teams ranking with 107 points and India on third with 111 points.

Over in Australia, hosts will take on Pakistan and start the series as top rank ODI team. They can drop this ranking only in the case of 4-1 defeat. Pakistan has to win only a single match in the series if they want to retain the same ranking. Visitors are in the eighth position.

On the other hand, in batsmen's ranking David Warner and Virat Kohli have chances to replace South African AB Devilieres from the top position. Virat Kohli is number two and warner 2 points behind him. Indian captain is 13 points behind his IPL team mate. English batsman Joe Root is seventh in the position and Babar Azam is ranked 15th.

In bowlers ranking Mitchell Starc is having the second spot and only 13 rating points apart him from Trent Boult. Axar Patel is on 8th rank but he is not in the Indian squad. Indian leggy Amit Mishra is on 12th spot. Adil Rashid will start in fifth position and Wahab Riaz is the highest rank bowler of Pakistan at 39th position.

Pakistan is presently in serious danger of failing to qualify directly for the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over tournament in the United Kingdom as it is sitting in eighth position on 89 points – two behind Bangladesh and two ahead of the West Indies. Theirs improve performance in the ODI series can make matters good for them. Last year, they were very close to not making the Champions Trophy cut-off. But they did well to find a berth for the tournament.

Aditya Pratap Arya

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