Virat Kohli has achieved the highest ever rating by any Indian batsman in One-Day Internationals, going to 889 points at the conclusion of India’s three-match series against New Zealand on Sunday (October 29). Kohli also returned to the top of the rankings for ODI batsmen within ten days of losing that position to AB de Villiers.
The previous highest rating achieved by an Indian was 887 points, achieved by Sachin Tendulkar in 1998, and matched by Kohli earlier this year. However, with two centuries in three ODIs against New Zealand and a tally of 263 runs, Kohli not only leap-frogged de Villiers, but history – and Tendulkar – too. He now leads de Villiers by 17 points, with the South African on 872.
Kohli can now set his sights on trying to become just the 12th player to reach the 900-point barrier in ODI cricket. Viv Richards leads the all-time list, having achieved a rating of 935 in December 1985, while among current batsmen, de Villiers had reached 902 during the 2015 World Cup and Hashim Amla 901 in September 2012.
Kohli’s current rating of 889 is 14th in the all-time list.
Highest ranking points by Indian batsmen in ODI cricket
Among others who achieved career highs were Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah. Rohit made 174 runs in the series, including a fine 147 in the third ODI, and has reached 799 points, though he remains in the seventh spot. He has closed the gap with those ahead of him though, with both Joe Root (802 points) and Quinton de Kock (808 points) within range. For de Kock too, this is his highest ever ratings points. Babar Azam, the Pakistan batsman, is the fourth among the top ten to achieve career-high ratings, rising to 846 points while keeping his fourth place.
Rohit’s rating is also the sixth best ever for Indians.
Bumrah, meanwhile, has got 719 points and risen to third among bowlers, behind only Hasan Ali and Imran Tahir. Hasan’s 759 points is also a career high, and he has widened his lead over Tahir, who has 743 points. Bumrah took six wickets in the ODIs against New Zealand, at an average of 23.50 and an economy rate of 4.86.
India, however, couldn’t overtake South Africa in the team rankings despite the series win, ending with 119 points and staying at the No.2 spot, behind South Africa who have 121.