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ICC rankings: Mohammed Siraj loses World No.1 ODI spot, Williamson makes massive jump in Test batters chart

ICC rankings: The latest released ICC Players' rankings show major changes in the top charts for ODI and Test rankings. Siraj has lost his first-place in the ODI bowlers' tally.

Varun Malik Written By: Varun Malik New Delhi Updated on: March 22, 2023 16:55 IST
Mohammed Siraj loses World No.1 ODI bowlers' spot
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ICC rankings: Indian speedster Mohammed Siraj has lost his place as the No.1 ODI bowler after ICC released the weekly players' rankings on Wednesday. Siraj had become the World's No.1 ODI bowler late in January as he displayed a brilliant show in International cricket in recent times. Also, Kane Williamson has made a massive jump in the Test batters' rankings and is now within touching distance of overtaking the World No.1 Test batter Marnus Labuschagne.

India are facing Australia in a three-match ODI series. Indian pacers received a hammering from Australian openers Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head in the second match of the series. Siraj was among the other victims to be sent for cleaners in Australia's 10-wicket win. This hammering saw Siraj drop in rating points and go down to third from first. Notably, Australia's Josh Hazlewood has taken the No.1 ODI spot. Trent Boult stands ahead of Siraj in the tally.

Kane Williamson has jumped four places in the Test batters' rankings to reach the No.2 spot in the tally. He had a wonderful two-match Test series against Sri Lanka where he smashed two brilliant knocks. Williamson scored a match-winning 121* in the first test while making 215 in the first innings of the second test in New Zealand's 2-0 win.

Siraj has made a significant improvement since coming back to India's ODI team in February 2022, after a three-year absence from ODIs. He has been one of India's most reliable fast bowlers. With nine wickets, Siraj was the top wicket-taker for the series against Sri Lanka. He followed that up by taking four wickets in the first match of the recently concluded series against New Zealand. 

Meanwhile, Williamson has been among the top batters for the Kiwis over the last decade. He led the Kiwis to win the first edition of the World Test Championship in 2021. The Blackcaps defeated India in Southampton to win the test mace. However, he gave up the test captaincy after a series of losses in the 2021-23 cycle. But he has contributed well with the bat.

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