His 296 runs in the series against Australia helped Rohit Sharma move up to No.5 in the rankings. © BCCI

His 296 runs in the series against Australia helped Rohit Sharma move up to No.5 in the rankings. © BCCI

Following his exploits in the One-Day International series against Australia, which concluded in Nagpur on Sunday (October 1), Rohit Sharma has climbed to the fifth position among batsmen in the ODI rankings released by the International Cricket Council on Monday.

Rohit, the Indian vice-captain whose 296 runs played a big part in the hosts’ crushing 4-1 rout of the World Cup winners, which also helped India regain the No. 1 position among ODI teams, has vaulted four places and sits on a career-high 790 rating points, but this isn’t his highest career ranking. He was ranked No. 3 among ODI batsmen in February 2016.

Also moving in the right direction are Ajinkya Rahane, with whom Rohit strung together three century opening stands, and Kedar Jadhav. While Rahane climbed four slots to sit on No. 24, Jadhav jumped up eight places to a career-best 36th. Hardik Pandya, the man of the series, soared a massive 26 places but still only occupies the 71st position.

Aaron Finch, the Australian opener who made a hundred on his comeback in the third ODI, has gained nine places to reach 17th, while David Warner, who made a hundred in his 100th appearance in the fourth game, consolidated his grip on the No. 2 position. Warner closed the gap at the top with Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, to just 12 rating points.

Among bowlers, Imran Tahir gained one place to displace Josh Hazlewood from the top spot. Hazlewood missed the India series through injury and dropped 18 points.

Axar Patel, the Indian left-arm spinner, jumped three places to a career-best seventh while the big movers were Yuzvendra Chahal, up 24 slots to 75th, and Kuldeep Yadav, who picked up nine places to find himself in the 80th position.