Shubman Gill came close to dethroning Babar Azam from the top spot in the ODI rankings | Cricket news

NEW DELHI: Star India opener Shubman Gill closed on Wednesday as the world’s No. 1 ODI batsman Babar Azam in the latest ranking she published ICCreducing the gap to just 6 points.
Pakistan captain Babar, who has a total of 829 points, is closely followed by Gill with 823 points.
While Babar has had a shaky World Cup so far with 157 runs from five matches, Gill, who has missed several matches due to health issues, has scored 95 runs in three matches of the ongoing cricket extravaganza.
Gill, 24, recently became the fastest batsman to reach 2000 ODI runs in Sunday’s World Cup match against New Zealand.
Star dough Virat Kohliwho is the second highest run-getter in the World Cup with 354 runs after five matches, has moved up three places to joint fifth with the Aussie left-arm opener. David Warner (two places higher).
South African seamer Quinton de Kock, fresh from scoring three centuries in five matches, found himself within striking distance at number three.
South African teammate Heinrich Klaasen moved up seven places to fourth in a new career high.
Siraj jumped to second place
India’s Mohammed Siraj, who has taken six wickets in five World Cup appearances, has jumped one place to move closer to Australian seamer Josh Hazlewood as the No.1 ODI player.
South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj moved up two places to third and a new career-high after his seven goals in the tournament.
Afghanistan veteran Mohammad Nabi (up four places to sixth) and Australian tweaker Adam Zampa (up four places to seventh) also made it into the top ten.

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Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan stayed ahead of him ODI Rankings for all-rounders, with South African Pole Marc Jansen the biggest mover with a superb No.7, jumping 23 places in the list to share 11th place alongside Scotland’s Michael Leask.
(With inputs from PTI)

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