Indian captain Virat Kohli is the only cricketer in the country to be one of the top 10 in the ICC ODI rankings. He has retained his third position in the batting list. Stiff competition for individual rankings reveals the importance of the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy because it involves players from eight participating teams and there is not much difference between top players. There is a difference of only 22 points difference between the top three batsmen South Africa’s AB de Villiers (874 ratings points), Australia’s David Warner (871 points) and Kohli (852 points).
Four batsmen from India, South Africa and England while three from New Zealand and two batsmen from Australia and Pakistan each are in the top 20. Similarly, in the bowlers, Bangladesh and England have three bowlers each while New Zealand, South Africa and Australia have two bowlers each in the top 20.
In the rankings of the bowlers, Kagiso Rabada of South Africa has reached the first place with a huge advantage of 4 places. Apart from Rabada in Top 20, Imran Tahir is second and Dale Steyn is 18th from the South African side. In the Top 20, Akshar Patel is 11th, Amit Mishra is 13th and Ravichandran Ashwin is 18th from the Indian side.
Shakib Al Hasan is still on top of the all-rounders rankings. None of the Indian players are included in the top 10. Mohammad Hafeez in second place, Mohammad Nabi at third place, Angelo Mathews at fourth place, James Faulkner at fifth position, Mitchell Marsh at sixth place, Ben Stokes at seventh, Jason Holder at eighth position, Chris Woakes at ninth place and Moin Ali at 10th place.