India batter threatens Pakistan rankings stranglehold with rapid rise

There are some good signs for India’s best whiteball players less than two months out from the start of
the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, with a host of their stars making big ground in the latest ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings.

Inexperienced pair Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan were among India’s most prominent performers
with the bat during their 2-1 ODI series triumph over the West Indies recently, with the pair combining for 310 runs over the three matches in an impressive display of top-order batting. Both players were rewarded with new career-high ratings on the rankings list for batters that was updated by the ICC
on Wednesday, with Gill improving two places to fifth overall to be within touching distance of a pair of Pakistan players, an ICC report on Wednesday said. While Pakistan skipper Babar Azam remains well out in front in the ODI batter rankings, Gill rises to 743 rating points on the back of his excellent series against the West Indies and has thirdplaced Fakhar Zaman (755) and fourth-placed Imamul-Haq (745) well within his sight. Kishan too earns a new career-best rating after jumping nine places to 36th overall, while experienced all-rounder Hardik Pandya improves 10 places to equal 71st following his efforts
against the West Indies. Pandya also rose five places to 11th overall on the list for ODI all-rounders, while it was left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav and underrated seamer Shardul Thakur that made the biggest impression on the rankings for ODI bowlers.

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