Dubai: New Zealand’s Ross Taylor has equalled his highest ever one-day international ranking with a six-place jump up to No.7 in the MRF Tyres ICC Men's ODI Player Rankings for batsmen. Indian Captain Virat Kohli still on top. ICC release latest updates on March 26, 2018, a day after ICC World Cup qualifier final.
Taylor hit a career-best 181 not out in the fourth ODI against England in Dunedin earlier this month to reach a career-high 789 ranking points. He was previously this high in the rankings in 2015.
A number of players have made significant progress in the rankings following the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018 in Zimbabwe, which concluded on Sunday with Afghanistan’s remarkable comeback victory over Windies in the final.
Afghanistan’s teenage spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who only turns 17 on Wednesday, has leaped 42 places up to No.21 in the bowling rankings, lead by Jasprit Bumrah. Rashid Khan, who was jointly at top, now drop to second.
His 16 wickets at an average of only 15.93 made him the tournament’s leading ODI wicket-taker and he was key to Afghanistan’s success in the final with 4/43 to dismiss Windies for 206.
One spot above Mujeeb and with almost 20 years on him is veteran Ireland seamer Tim Murtagh, 36, who took 10 wickets in the tournament including a best of 4/41 against Windies.
Murtagh’s Ireland team-mate Andy McBrine was also a big climber, moving up 22 places to No.42. The 24-year-old off-spinner took his best figures of 3/38 in Ireland’s four-wicket victory over Papua New Guinea in their opening match.
Scotland seamer Safyaan Sharif shot up 46 places to No.35 in the bowling rankings after his 15 ODI scalps, which left him as the second highest wicket-taker in the tournament.
UAE’s Rohan Mustafa and Mohammad Naveed both made giant leaps of 22 and 28 places to No.47 and No.51 in the all-rounders' rankings, while New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner, who faces a long lay-off with a knee injury, jumped eight places to No.4.