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Mohammad Siraj Regains 1st Position in ICC ODI Bowler Rankings with Spectacular Performance at Asia Cup-2023 | read more in details


Indian fast bowler Mohammad Siraj has reclaimed the coveted number one position among bowlers in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings after delivering a breathtaking performance in the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Siraj’s sensational figures of 6/21 played a pivotal role in India’s emphatic 10-wicket victory, limiting the hosts to a mere 50 runs.

This remarkable feat marks Siraj’s second stint at the top of the rankings, having initially attained the position in January before briefly yielding it to Josh Hazlewood in March. Following his stellar showing, Siraj has surged up eight spots, reaffirming his status as one of the world’s premier ODI bowlers.

In the same rankings update, South African spinner Keshav Maharaj emerged as another standout performer. Maharaj’s exceptional performance in the final match against Australia, where he claimed four wickets for 33 runs, propelled him to 15th place in the bowler rankings—ten places higher than his previous career-best position. His contributions were instrumental in South Africa’s historic comeback in the five-match ODI series against Australia.

Notable improvements were also seen among other bowlers, with Afghanistan’s spin duo Mujeeb-ur Rahman and Rashid Khan moving up the rankings to fourth and fifth place, respectively. England all-rounder Chris Woakes ascended to 11th place, while South Africa’s Lungi Ngidi secured the 21st position.

The batting charts witnessed significant movements as well, with South Africa’s Heinrich Klaasen achieving a career milestone by entering the top 10 after a stunning 174-run performance against Australia. England’s Dawid Malan reached a career-best 13th position following his impressive display with 277 runs in three matches.

England’s Ben Stokes also experienced a notable rise, advancing 13 spots to secure the 36th position in batting rankings, thanks to his record-breaking innings of 182 at The Oval.

Several other batsmen also made gains, including South Africa’s David Miller, Sri Lanka’s Charith Asalanka, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hassan, and Australia’s wicketkeeper Alex Carey, as they all climbed higher in the rankings. These updates come just weeks before the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, ad ding anticipation and excitement to the upcoming tournament.

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