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ODI rankings: Champions Trophy win sees Pakistan leapfrog to sixth

June 19, 2017 18:10 IST

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed holds aloft the Champions Trophy as he celebrates with his team after defeating India in the final on Sunday

IMAGE: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed holds aloft the Champions Trophy as he celebrates with his team after defeating India in the final on Sunday. Photograph: Paul Childs Livepic/Action Images via Reuters

Pakistan jumped two places to sixth in the ICC ODI team rankings, released on Monday, following their title triumph at the Champions Trophy while the finalists India remained at number three.

Pakistan leapfrogged Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to move closer to direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup, for which hosts England and the next seven highest-ranked sides as on 30 September will get straight entries.

Pakistan gained four points to move to 95 as their wins over higher-ranked opponents in the tournament included the one in the final against India and an eight-wicket semi-final victory over England.

There were no other changes in the teams standings that continues to be led by South Africa, although India, England and Bangladesh have all lost a point each.

Rohit Sharma moved up to the 10th spot in the ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen

IMAGE: Rohit Sharma moved up to the 10th spot in the ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

In the ODI player rankings, India opener Rohit Sharma, who scored 123 not out in the semi-final, gained three slots to move to the 10th position while pace bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar (up four places to joint-19th) and Jasprit Bumrah (up 19 places to 24th) are the others gainers.

Pakistan pace bowler Hassan Ali and rookie opener Fakhar Zaman are also among those who’ve moved up the leaderboard.

Hassan, named player of the tournament after finishing with 13 wickets, has gained 12 positions to be ranked seventh. Mohammad Amir, who missed the semi-final due to a back spasm but picked three for 16 in the final, gained 16 slots to move to the 21st place while Junaid Khan has climbed nine places to 47th position.

Fakhar Zaman’s player-of-the match effort of 114 in the final and 57 in the semi-final has helped him break into the top 100 after just four ODIs -- he has jumped 58 positions after these two performances to reach 97th rank.

Pakistan's Babar Azam is now at his career-best 5th spot

IMAGE: Pakistan's Babar Azam is now at his career-best 5th spot. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Babar Azam reached a career-best fifth position after gaining three positions with scores of 46 in the final and 30 not out in the semi-final.

Mohammad Hafeez has gained two slots to be ranked 20th while opener Azhar Ali has moved up 11 slots to 31st position.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has gained three slots to reach 15th position among bowlers while opener Tamim Iqbal has moved to 16th position among batsmen, a gain of one

rank after a continued good run which saw him score 70 against India in the semi-final and finish with 293 runs in the tournament.

England batsmen, saw its top four batsmen in the list – Joe Root (fourth), Alex Hales (17th), Eoin Morgan (18th) and Jos Buttler (19th) retain their rankings.

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