At the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, young Indian batting sensation Shubman Gill has dethroned Pakistan’s Babar Azam to become the No.1 ODI batter in the world and on the bowling front, Mohammed Siraj has also re-claimed his No.1 spot.
Shubman Gill’s remarkable journey to the pinnacle of ODI batting rankings can be attributed to his impressive performances at the World Cup. With scores of 92 against Sri Lanka and 23 against South Africa in the past week, he has accumulated a total of 219 runs from 6 innings, showcasing his ability to deliver when it matters most.
The right-hander now joins an elite club of Indian cricketers who have held the No.1 ODI batter ranking, a club previously occupied by legends like Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, and Virat Kohli. Gill’s ascent to the top has brought great joy to Indian cricket fans, as they witness a new star in the making.
Babar Azam, who held the top spot for over two years, finds himself displaced by Gill’s extraordinary performance. The Pakistani skipper has totaled 282 runs from 8 innings in the World Cup but falls 6 rating points below Gill, marking the end of his reign as the No.1 ranked ODI batter.
What makes this achievement even more remarkable is that it coincides with a massive day for Indian cricket. Not only has Shubman Gill risen to the top, but former captain Virat Kohli has also made a significant jump, climbing to 4th on the latest ODI batting rankings. Kohli’s resurgence is highlighted by his 543 runs at the World Cup, putting him just one rating point behind third-placed South African Quinton de Kock.
On the bowling front, it is Mohammed Siraj who has stolen the spotlight. The Indian fast bowler has improved two spots to regain his crown as the No.1 ranked ODI bowler. Siraj’s exceptional performance, including 10 wickets at the World Cup, propelled him to the top spot. He is joined by his Indian teammates Kuldeep Yadav (4th), Jasprit Bumrah (8th), and Mohammed Shami (10th) inside the top 10. South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj (2nd) and Australia’s Adam Zampa (3rd) have also made significant gains.
Shubman Gill’s rise to the No.1 ODI batter in the world and Mohammed Siraj’s reclamation of the No.1 ODI bowler ranking are testament to their exceptional talent and performance at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. With Virat Kohli and other Indian stars making their presence felt, it is a day of celebration for Indian cricket fans as their team continues to make waves on the global stage.