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Virat Kohli In Touching Distance Of Reclaiming Top Spot After Dream Run In CWC

India superstar Virat Kohli has taken a huge leap towards the top spot in the ICC Rankings for ODI batsmen after his stunning campaign in the recently-concluded ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

The right-handed batsman finished the tournament as the leading run-scorer and was adjudged the Player of the Tournament. In 11 games, he registered 9 50-plus scores that included three centuries. He scored a staggering 765 runs and broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most runs in a single edition of the World Cup.

During the course of the competition, he also broke Tendulkar’s record of most ODI tons by notching up his 50th century. The brilliant performance in the World Cup has helped him make good ground in the latest ICC Rankings, released by the governing body on Wednesday (November 22).

Virat Kohli moves up in ICC Rankings:

Virat Kohli has jumped one place to third on the latest ICC rankings and is within touching distance of reclaiming the top spot. He is currently behind second-placed Babar Azam and first-placed Shubman Gill. The former India captain needs just 35 rating points to equal Gill’s tally. Kohli famously held the No.1 ranking for a total of 1258 consecutive days between 2017 and 2021,

Gill is at the top with 826 rating points followed by Babar who has 824 rating points. Kohli, on the other hand, has 791 rating points. India captain Rohit Sharma has also moved up one spot to claim the fourth spot in the ICC Rankings after scoring 597 runs in the World Cup.

South Africa opener Quinton de Kock, who retired from ODIs after the World Cup, has dropped two spots to fifth in the ICC Rankings while New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell has moved up five spots to sixth after scoring 552 runs in the tournament.

Australia’s hero in the final Travis Head has made a massive jump of 28 spots to claim the 15th spot. The left-handed batsman scored a stunning century in the final to help Australia beat India by six wickets and clinch a record-extending sixth World Cup title.

Among bowlers, South Africa spinner Keshav Maharaj remains on top of the ICC Ranking followed by Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, and Adam Zampa in the top five. Among allrounders, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan is leading the list.

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