In the most recent ICC ODI rankings unveiled on Wednesday, November 8th, Shubman Gill claimed the top spot as the world’s No. 1 ODI batter, overtaking Pakistani captain Babar Azam. Gill’s aggressive batting style and consistent performances in the ongoing World Cup propelled him to the top spot. With 830 rating points, he became the second-fastest player to achieve this milestone in just 41 innings, following in the footsteps of MS Dhoni, who did so in 38 innings. Babar Azam, who had held the number one position for 950 days, saw a dip in his form, allowing Gill to seize the throne.
On the bowling front, Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj reclaimed the number-one ranking among ODI bowlers. Siraj, a crucial part of India’s pace trio, has been clinical in the powerplay bowling attack, securing early wickets for his team. With ten wickets in eight World Cup matches, Siraj’s consistent and match-winning performances elevated him to the top spot with a rating of 709. This achievement is a testament to his reliability and ability to deliver under pressure.
Additionally, Kuldeep Yadav, a star spinner for Team India, climbed to the fourth spot in the rankings, consistently troubling batters on turning tracks. Shaheen Shah Afridi, who briefly held the number one bowler position, slipped to fifth after a challenging outing in the World Cup. Rashid Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, and Trent Boult maintained their roles in the top 10. Another notable Indian performer, Mohammed Shami, secured the tenth spot with a rating of 635, owing to his lethal performance in recent matches.