Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma
Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma. Picture Credit: AP

Last Update on: September 13th, 2023 at 02:37 pm

Shubman Gill has closed the gap on number-one ranked Babar Azam in the latest ICC Rankings for ODI batters, released by the governing body of the game on Wednesday (September 13).

Shubman Gill is not the only Indian batter who has moved up in the latest ICC Rankings after performing well in the ongoing Asia Cup 2023. Team India have already booked their place in the final of the tournament after making an unbeaten start to their campaign. Most of their top-order and middle-order batters have played a number of significant knocks in the competitions already.

In 4 innings, Shubman Gill has scored 154 runs with the help of 2 fifties. He is the second-highest run-scorer for India in the competition. And thanks to his impressive displays, the right-handed batsman has moved to the second spot in the ICC Rankings for batters. It is now his highest rank in the 50-over format. Only Pakistan captain Babar Azam is now ahead of the India opener.

The gap between the two batsmen is now down to 103 rating points. While Babar has 863 rating points, Shubman Gill has 759 rating points. With India to play two more matches in the ongoing Asia Cup, the youngster will be looking to close the gap further on Babar.

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India batters move up in ICC Rankings:

Apart from Gill, the likes of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have moved up in the ICC Rankings too. Kohli, who played an unbeaten knock of 122 runs against Pakistan, has jumped two places to eighth while Rohit has moved up two spots to ninth. Rohit is the leading run-scorer in the Asia Cup. He has scored 194 runs with the help of three fifties.

This is the first time since 2019 that India have as many as three batters in the top ten of ICC Rankings for ODI batters. Pakistan also have three players in the top ten but they have lost ground. While Babar has managed to hold on to the top spot, his teammate Imam-ul-Haq has dropped one place to fifth while Fakhar Zaman has lost three spots and is now 10th.

Among bowlers, Kuldeep Yadav has moved up after taking 9 wickets in his last two games. He has moved up five places to seventh while allrounder Hardik Pandya has jumped four places to sixth on the ODI allrounder rankings. Australia’s Josh Hazlewood is currently the top-ranked bowler in the ICC Rankings.

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