As per the latest ICC ODI Player Rankings released on Thursday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has retained the world number one position in the ODI batting rankings. Kohli leads South Africa’s AB de Villiers by just four points.
Incidentally, Kohli was 22 points behind former number one AB de Villiers in the beginning of the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy. He then dethroned De Villiers and has since then retained the number one spot. The South African had been at the top since February 2017 until he was dethroned. During that period Kohli also overtook Australia’s David Warner, who was at the second position at the start of the tournament. Among other Indian players, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are at joint 10th in the list of batsmen.
Interestingly, if Kohli can lead his side to a whitewash over the West Indies then his side will jump to the second position in ODI rankings. India currently on 116 points can overtake second-placed Australia, on 117 points by a fraction of a point if the Kohli-led side wins all the five matches. However, that will be bad news for West Indies as they would end their chances of qualifying automatically for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. But if the West Indies can secure at least two wins in the series, then India will drop behind England in fourth place on 112 points.