Men in blue have a chance to close in on England in ODI team rankings
Men in blue have a chance to close in on England in ODI team rankings

Dubai: Virat Kohli and his pace ace Jasprit Bumrah continued to top the individual charts and India could reach within one point of leaders England in the ICC ODI team rankings, provided they win their next eight matches.

England is leading with 126 points while India is currently placed second with 121 points.

India, who played three matches against Australia and five matches against New Zealand, could reach 125 points and within one point of England if they are able to win all eight matches. Pakistan needs to beat South Africa 5-0 in order to surpass them.

Kohli (1) and Rohit Sharma (2) retained their positions in the batting list, and Bumrah also remained way ahead in the bowling rankings ahead of Afghanistan's Rashid Khan and his India teammate Kuldeep Yadav, who was at third place. Among other Indians, batsman Shikhar Dhawan (9) and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who was positioned joint sixth along with Adil Rashid of England.

New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi and fast bowler Lachlan Ferguson have moved up after creditable performances during a 3-0 sweep over Sri Lanka in a home series that ended on Tuesday. They are now in joint-31st position after Sodhi's eight wickets in the series helped him climb up 26 slots and Ferguson's seven wickets lifted him 12 places to a career-best position in the list led by India fast bowler Bumrah.

Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga is another bowler to gain in the latest update, moving up three ranks to take 46th spot after finishing with seven wickets in the series.

Among international batsmen, Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill have maintained their third and 14th positions scoring 281 and 153 runs, respectively, while New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has dropped out of the top-10 to 11th position.

Henry Nicholls has gained 21 places to get 59th position while Colin Munro has moved up from 58th to 56th.

Niroshan Dickwella, up one place to 26th, Thisara Perera, up 22 places to reach 65th, Kusal Perera crossed seven places to 66th and Danushka Gunathilaka up 11 places to get 82nd position from the Sri Lanka side.

In the ODI Team Rankings, New Zealand has retained the third position after blanking the opposition. They have gained one point to move up to 113 while Sri Lanka remained its eighth position but have lost one point to drop to 78 points. Meanwhile, more sides will be looking to move up the rankings while also preparing for the ICC World Cup in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14, with 13 matches scheduled in a period of just over three weeks.

India gets a chance to close the gap with table leaders England, and South Africa of moving up from their fourth position.

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