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Indian batsman Virat Kohli claimed number two slot in the ICC rankings

Oct 21, 2014 12:30 IST

Indian batsman Virat Kohli on 19 October 2014 claimed number two slot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings. ICC released its ranking including list of all players of cricket.

In India West indies series in October 2014, Kohli scored 191 runs including 127 in the final match. South Africa’s Hashim Amla was pushed to number three in the list. The list was topped by AB de Villiers.

Indian skipper MS Dhoni was the next best Indian at number six while Shikhar Dhawan lost a place to be eighth. Left-handed Suresh Raina gained three places to move to 15th position.

Bhuvneshwar jumped seven places to number seven, just behind Ravindra Jadeja, who slipped to sixth from fifth.

Paceman Mohammed Shami vaulted five places to 16th and has broken into the top 20 for the first time in his career. Off-Spinner R Ashwin was placed at number 18, a loss of two spots.

Overall, there are four South Africa batsmen inside the top 20, including de Villiers and Amla, with Quinton de Kock in ninth position and Francois du Plessis in 11th spot - just 19 ratings points behind his team-mate.

New Zealand’s top-ranked batsman Ross Taylor, who sits in 10th place in the current rankings. There are two more New Zealanders inside the top 20, namely Kane Williamson (12th) and Martin Guptill (20th) and be eyeing positive improvements in their home series.

Skipper Brendon McCullum (25th) lies 20 rating points adrift of his team-mate Guptill (20th).

On the Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers, South African paceman Dale Steyn, will go into the series as the top-ranked bowler, while ninth placed Ryan McLaren is a point adrift of Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez.

Kyle Mills is Black Caps’ leading bowler in 13th place, with Tim Southee laying a solitary ratings point outside the top 20.

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