Virat Kohli to go into WC as No.1 batsman


LONDON: With the men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 scheduled to begin from May 30, the Indian team are looking for a good run as the latest International Cricket Council player rankings released on Wednesday put them in a dominant place – the number one batsmen and bowler both hail from India.

India is ranked second in the ICC team ODI rankings with two batsmen and three bowlers among the top 10.

Skipper Virat Kohli retained his top spot in the batting rankings with 890 points followed by Rohit Sharma, who consolidated his second position with 839 points.

Ross Taylor (831) of New Zealand, West Indies’ Shai Hope (808) and Quinton de Kock (803) of South Africa complete the top five in the ODI chart.

India’s Jasprit Bumrah continues to lead the bowling rankings with 774 points. New Zealand’s Trent Boult (759), Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan (726), South Africa’s Imran Tahir (703) and his compatriot Kagiso Rabada (702) wrap the top five spots.

In the all-rounder rankings, Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh has moved to top the table. Shakib now has 359 points, 20 ahead of Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, who has now slipped to number two.

Rashid’s team-mate Mohammad Nabi secured number three place with 319 points. Pakistan’s Imad Wasim (289) and New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner (279) settled on the fourth and fifth position. The much-anticipated Cricket World Cup is set to run from May 30 to July 14 in UK and Wales.

Indian squad:

Following is the 15-man squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Kartik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami.

India will kick-off its World Cup campaign against South Africa at Hampshire Bowl. Southampton on June 5. (ANI)