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ICC rankings: In-form Rohit jets to career-best fifth spot; Kiwi Boult is top bowler

January 24, 2016 15:40 IST

India's Rohit Sharma bats

IMAGE: India's Rohit Sharma bats. Photograph: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

India's Rohit Sharma jumped eight spots to enter the top five in the ICC batsman rankings after a stellar showing in the recently concluded series against top-ranked Australia.

Named man-of-the-series after registering 441 runs in the five matche ODI series, Rohit has climbed to the 5th spot in the latest rankings released on Sunday.

Rohit has now become India's second highest-ranked batsman behind Virat Kohli (second), with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni slipping seven places to 13th.

The 28-year-old Rohit earned 59 points for his performances and he is now 64 points behind Kohli, who trails number-one ranked AB de Villiers of South Africa by 75 points.

India's Ajinkya Rahane bats

IMAGE: India's Ajinkya Rahane bats. Photograph: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

Meanwhile, India, after winning the Sydney ODI, have retained their second position.

Australia's dominant performance in the series is reflected in the fact that Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith have improved their rankings, while David Warner, Mitchell Marsh and John Hastings have achieved career-high rankings.

Maxwell, who scored 169 runs in the series, has moved up two places to eighth, Smith's 315 runs have helped him rise five places to 15th, and Warner has jumped five places to 18th after scoring 220 runs.

Outside the top 20, India’s Ajinkya Rahane has moved up three place to 25th after contributing 141 runs, and Marsh has rocketed 21 places to 43rd after scoring 164 runs.

Trent Boult of New Zealand celebrates taking a wicket

IMAGE: Trent Boult of New Zealand celebrates taking a wicket. Photograph: Rob Jefferies/Getty Images

The ODI series, in which a total of 3,159 runs were scored, proved to be a difficult one for the bowlers of both, Australia and India, and this is reflected in the latest bowling chart.

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has dropped two places to 11th, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has slipped seven places to 20th, James Faulkner has plummeted seven places to 28th, Axar Patel has fallen four places to 33rd and Umesh Yadav has plunged five places to 41st.

The only bowlers inside the top 50 to improve their rankings are India's Ravindra Jadeja, who is in 22nd place (up by two places), and John Hastings, who is sitting in 49th position (up by 62 places).

Outside the top 50, Ishant Sharma has gained 15 places and is now in the 71st spot.

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc missed the series against India, resulting in him dropping from the number-one position.

Starc's slip means New Zealand's Trent Boult will start the three-match series against Pakistan as the number-one ranked bowler. He leads Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan, in second place, by seven points.

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