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Bumrah Loses Top Spot in Rankings

Jasprit Bumrah has lost his top spot as the top ODI bowler, with Trent Boult of New Zealand replacing him in the latest ICC rankings. The 26-year-old right armed fast bowler returned to competitive action recently in New Zealand after missing three months out with a back injury but struggled as India went down to a whitewash series defeat. He bowled 30 overs across the three matches but failed to take a single wicket, conceding at least 50 runs a game in the process. 

There is better news for the Indian captain, Virat Kohli, who remains the top-ranked ODI batsman, despite not having the best series himself against the Kiwis, He scored 51 in the first match, but could only muster 15 and 9 in the two subsequent games. Second in the rankings is Rohit Sharma, who missed the entire series after picking up an injury in the T20I between the two sides in Hamilton. The next Indian in the list is Shikhar Dhawan, who is 19th, and who has been forced to miss the entire New Zealand tour, again because of injury.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Nabi of Afghanistan has taken over from Ben Stokes as the top-ranked ODI all-rounder, after the Englishman was rested for his country’s three-match series with South Africa.

In terms of T20I rankings, Kohli and Sharma are ranked 9th and 10th when it comes to batsmen. The top-ranked Indian player is KL Rahul, who is second only to Babar Azam of Pakistan, after enjoying a fine series against New Zealand recently, as his country won all five matches against the hosts. 

Bumrah is the top-ranked Indian T20I bowler – 11th in the list – with spinner Washington Sundar the next at equal 22nd. No Indian though appears in the current top thirty of all-rounders in the shortest format of the international game. 

However, it is a much rosier picture when it comes to Test cricket, where Kohli is once again the top-rated batsman, ahead of his great rival, Steve Smith of Australia. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane also make the top ten. Bumrah is the 6th ranked test bowler, with Ravichandran Ashwin 8th, and Mohammed Shami 9th. Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja appears third on the list of test all-rounders, with Ashwin fourth, although some way distant in terms of points. 

In terms of teams, India maintains their dominance at the top of the table, followed by Australia, England, New Zealand, and South Africa.    

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Shantanu Gupta predominantly writes for the sister sites of CricketNews.com: Inplay Cricket India, Inplay Sports India and Indian Cricket World. Having grown up around the intense rivalries of cricket Shantanu took to a journalistic career in following the sport whilst also remaining mindful of other key sports of interest to Indian sports fans. You’ll see him not only writing about cricket but also covering football, tennis and more.

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