Babar Azam crown in danger due to Virat Kohli century

By Arjit - January 11, 2023 - Last updated on Jan 11, 2023 05:08 PM
Babar Azam crown in danger due to Virat Kohli century

Indian teams star batsman Virat Kohli has started the year 2023 with a century in ODIs. The first match of the 3 ODI series was played between Sri Lanka and India (IND vs SL) on Tuesday. Team India won the match by 67 runs on the basis of King Kohlis innings of 113 runs.

This was Virats 73rd century in international cricket and 45th century in ODIs. On the basis of this century innings of King Kohli, there has been a lot of benefit in the ODI rankings. He can soon be seen leaving behind his arch-rival Babar Azam.

Virat Kohli takes off in ODI rankings by scoring a century

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Virat Kohli has appeared in his old style on the new year. He was seen ending the drought of centuries in ODI cricket, he completed 73rd century against Sri Lanka after 4 years. Earlier, King Kohli scored his last century on Indian soil against Australia in the year 2019.

After this century, Virat has gained 2 points in the ODI rankings. Kohli has come at the sixth position with 726 points. Kohli needs 165 more rating points to become number-1, in which case he will leave behind Babar Azam, who is at number-1.

Babar is on the first position with 891 points. While Rasi van der Dussen of South Africa comes at number two with 766 ratings. Pakistans opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq is at number three, while South Africas wicket-keeper batsman de Kock is standing at number four. Australias David Warner also makes it to the top 5.

Mohammad Siraj also benefited in bowling rankings

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Indian teams fast bowler Mohammed Siraj is bowling brilliantly. He had also impressed a lot on his last tour to Bangladesh. At the same time, in the first match of the ODI series being played against Sri Lanka, Siraj bowled very economically.

In this match, he took two important wickets by giving 30 runs in 7 overs. Due to his brilliant performance, he has gained 4 points in the ODI rankings. Siraj has occupied the 18th position with 605 marks. Jasprit Bumrah, who has been out of the team for a long time, is seen just one notch after him i.e. at number 19.

In the rankings (ICC ODI Ranking), once again the dominance of the bowlers of New Zealand and Australia has been seen. New Zealands star fast bowler Trent Boult appears at number one with 744 ratings.

At the same time, Josh Hazlewood of Australia is on the second position with 727 ratings. Mitchell Starc, one of the fastest bowlers in the world, is at number three and Afghanistans star all-rounder Rashid Khan is at number four with 659 points.

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