India captain, Virat Kohli’s two half-centuries in the recently concluded Australia vs India ODI series have cemented his spot at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings for batsmen. Despite missing the ODI series owing to a hamstring injury, his compatriot Rohit Sharma remains at number two, five points ahead of Pakistan's Babar Azam who is third.

During the first ODI of India’s tour of Australia in Sydney, India batsman Hardik Pandya missed out closely from becoming the third batsman to score a century in the match following the likes of Australia captain Aaron Finch and batsman Steven Smith. Playing his first ODI since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Pandya struck 90 in the first game and 92 not out in the third to make his first appearance in the top 50 batsmen at 49th place with a career-best of 553 points. 

From the Australian camp, captain Aaron Finch’s innings of 114 in the first Australia vs India ODI, followed by 60 and 75 helped him up to a career-best tally of 791 points and fifth place, just behind his best of fourth achieved earlier June 2019. Steve Smith’s pair of 62-ball centuries in the first two matches enabled him to move back into the ODI to 20 batsmen for the first time since 2018. He is currently at number fifteen with 707 points. Glenn Maxwell’s 167 runs in the series came at a strike rate of 194.18 and featured two half-centuries, to push him back up to 20th rank. This is the first time he has been in the top 20 since February 2017. 

England batsman and Edgbaston World Cup centurion Jonny Bairstow is tenth in the batting rankings whilst Warwickshire and England all-rounder Chris Woakes sits a four in the bowler rankings and three in the all-rounder rankings.

In a series dominated by batsmen, Adam Zampa made the big impact with the ball, enabling him an entry in the top 20 ODI bowlers for the very first time. Zampa’s seven wickets at 23 took him to the fourteenth position with a career-best 623 points. Josh Hazlewood took six wickets and moved up a place to the sixth rank. 

MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings (as of 9 December 2020)

Batting (top 10)

Rank        (+/-) Player     Team  Pts      Avge  Highest Rating
1( – )Virat KohliIndia87059.31909 v Eng at Headingley 2018
2( – )Rohit SharmaIndia84249.27882 v SL at Headingley 2019
3( – )Babar AzamPak83755.93844 v NZ at Wellington 2018
4( – )Ross TaylorNZ81848.44836 v India at Auckland 2020
5( + )Aaron FinchAus791!41.85791 v India at Canberra 2020
6( – )Faf du PlessisSA79047.47814 v Aus at Old Trafford 2019
7(+)David WarnerAus77345.45868 v Pak at Adelaide 2017
8(- )Kane WilliamsonNZ76547.48792 v SA at Centurion 2015
9( – )Quinton de KockSA75544.65809 v SL at Durban 2019
10( – )J BairstowEng75447.16769 v Aus at Durham 2018

Bowling (top 10)

Rank         (+/-)Player Team  Pts     Avge   EcoHighest Rating
1( – )Trent BoultNZ72225.295.03768 v WI at Old Trafford 2019
2(+)M Ur RahmanAfg701*!22.443.94701 v WI at Lucknow 2019
3(- )Jasprit BumrahIndia70025.334.65838 v WI at Thiruvananthapuram 2018
4( – )Chris WoakesEng675!30.345.54675 v Aus at Old Trafford 2020
5( – )Kagiso RabadaSA66527.344.99718 v Eng at Lord’s 2017
6(+ )Josh HazlewoodAus66026.184.79726 v Eng at Adelaide 2018
7(+ )Mohammad AmirPak64729.624.85657 v SL at Karachi 2019
8(- )Pat CumminsAus64628.785.25725 v SL at The Oval 2019
9( – )Matt HenryNZ64126.485.40664 v Aus at Hamilton 2016
10( – )Jofra ArcherEng637*24.004.74642 v Aus at Old Trafford 2020

All-rounders (top five)

Rank                     (+/-)Player Team  Pts     Highest Rating
1( – )Shakib Al HasanBan373447 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
2( – )Mohammad NabiAfg301346 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017
3( – )Chris WoakesEng281307 v NZ at Christchurch 2018
4( – )Ben StokesEng276303 v NZ at Lord’s 2019
5( – )Imad WasimPak271282 v Zim at Rawalpindi 2020  

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