India opener Rohit Sharma has moved up four places to reach fifth position in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings after finishing as the leading scorer in the home series against Australia which India won 4-1 on Sunday.

Sharma’s 296 runs in the series, which included a fine 125 in the last match in Nagpur, contributed significantly to India’s convincing victory over the World champions that helped the home side grab the No.1 position in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings. Sharma is now on a career-best 790 rating points but his highest ranking has been third, which he attained in February 2016.

Other openers in the series have also made noteworthy gains. Sharma’s opening partner Ajinkya Rahane has moved up four places to reach 24th position while Australia’s opening pair of Aaron Finch and David Warner have proved more prolific and the results show in the latest rankings that also take into account the five-match series in England which the home side won 4-0 against the Windies.

Finch has gained nine slots to reach 17th position while Warner has closed in on No. 1 ranked Virat Kohli, bridging the pre-series gap of 26 points to just 12 points as he has moved to 865 points.

Other batsmen moving up include Kedhar Jadhav of India (up eight places to a career-best 36th), Marcus Stoinis of Australia (up 74 places to 54th), Jason Roy (up seven places to 30th), Jonny Bairstow (up 48 places to 40th) and Moeen Ali (up 18 places to 56th) of England, and the Windies pair of Jason Holder (up 11 places to 73rd) and Evin Lewis (up 31 places to 78th).

In the rankings for bowlers, South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir has regained the top spot after Australia pace bowler Josh Hazlewood missed the India series due to a side strain and lost 18 points in the process. Tahir is now just four points ahead of Hazlewood at 718 points.

In other movements, India’s left-arm spinner Akshar Patel has reached a career best seventh position after moving up three places while wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (up 24 places to 75th) and Kuldeep Yadav (up nine places to 80th) have also moved northwards.

Other bowlers to move up include Australia’s Nathan Coulter-Nile (up 49 places to a career-best 44thposition) and Pat Cummins (up seven places to 21st), and England’s Liam Plunkett (up three places to 10th) and Adil Rashid (up four places to 12th).

In the list of all-rounders led by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, England’s Ben Stokes has moved into the top five.

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 2 October, after the England v West Indies and India v Australia series):

BATTING (top 10)

Rank      (+/-)       Player                    Team     Points    Avge     Highest Rating

   1          ( – )          Virat Kohli             Ind          877        55.13     887 v Aus at Kolkata 2017

   2          ( – )          David Warner       Aus         865        44.94     880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017

   3          ( – )          AB de Villiers        SA           847        53.55     902 v NZ at Auckland 2015

   4          ( – )          Joe Root                Eng         802        50.00     808 v Win at Bristol 2017

   5          (+4)         Rohit Sharma       Ind          790!       44.03     790 v Aus at Nagpur 2017

   6          (-1)          Babar Azam          Pak         786*!     53.88     786 v Ind at The Oval 2017

   7          (-1)          Kane Williamson NZ           779         46.98     798 v SA at Centurion 2015

   8          (-1)          Quinton de Kock  SA           769         43.44     803 v NZ at Wellington 2017

   9          (-1)          Faf du Plessis       SA           768        43.41     791 v SL at Cape Town 2017

  10         ( – )          Martin Guptill        NZ           749        43.30     789 v SA at Hamilton 2017 

OTHER SELECTED RANKINGS

Rank      (+/-)      Player                    Team     Points   Avge     Highest Rating

17          (+9)         Aaron Finch          Aus         674        36.56     743 v Eng at Melbourne 2015

24          (+4)         Ajinkya Rahane    Ind          631!       35.27     631 v Aus at Nagpur 2017

28          (+1)         Travis Head          Aus         606*      37.36     609 v Ind at Kolkata 2017

30          (+7)         Jason Roy             Eng         599         36.48     664 v Win at Antigua 2017

36          (+8)         Kedar Jadhav       Ind          573*!     45.11     573 v Aus at Nagpur 2017

48          (+40)      Jonny Bairstow     Eng         535*!     49.60     535 v Win at Southampton 2017

54          (+74)      Marcus Stoinis     Aus         525*!     86.00     525 v Ind at Nagpur 2017

56          (+18)      Moeen Ali              Eng         522 !      29.86     522 v Win at Southampton 2017

71          (+26)      Hardik Pandya     Ind          494*!     40.76     494 v Aus at Nagpur 2017

73          (+11)      Jason Holder        Win         489         25.34     491 v Eng at The Oval 2017

78          (+31)      Evin Lewis            Win         478*      34.21     480 v Eng at The Oval 2017

BOWLING (top 10)

Rank      (+/-)      Player                    Team     Points    Avge      Eco.       Highest Rating

   1          (+1)         Imran Tahir           SA           718        23.87      4.66       786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017

   2          (-1)          Josh Hazlewood  Aus         714        23.85      4.69       732 v Eng at Edgbaston 2017

   3          (+2)         Kagiso Rabada    SA           685        26.30      5.11       724 v Eng at Lord’s 2017

   4          (-1)          Mitchell Starc        Aus         684        20.13      4.81       783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

   5          (-1)          Jasprit Bumrah    Ind          671*      22.10      4.75       687 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2017

   6          ( – )          Trent Boult            NZ           665        25.48      5.00       766 v Ind at Delhi 2016

   7=        (+3)         Akshar Patel         Ind          663*!     29.88      4.36       663 v Aus at Nagpur 2017

               ( – )          Hasan Ali               Pak         663*!     22.66      5.47       663 v Ind at The Oval 2017

   9          ( – )          Rashid Khan         Afg          647*!     14.74      3.97       647 v Win at St Lucia 2017

  10=       (-2)          Sunil Narine          Win         646        26.46      4.12       791 v SL at Jamaica 2013

               (+3)         Liam Plunkett       Eng         646!       30.22      5.77       646 v Win at Southampton 2017

OTHER SELECTED RANKINGS

Rank      (+/-)         Player                    Team     Points    Avge      Eco.       Highest Rating

12           (+4)         Adil Rashid            Eng         639        32.02      5.55       655 v Ban at Chittagong 2016

21           (+7)         Pat Cummins       Aus         580        29.24      5.41       588 v Ind at Indore 2017

37=         (+5)         Umesh Yadav       Ind          526        32.25      5.94       600 v Ban at Melbourne 2015

44=         (+49)      N. Coulter-Nile     Aus         513*!     26.62      5.31       513 v Ind at Nagpur 2017

               (+3)         Moeen Ali              Eng         513        51.04      5.12       610 v SA at Cape Town 2016

55=         (+6)         Hardik Pandya     Ind          464*      34.44      5.57       480 v Aus at Indore 2017

62           (+6)         Ben Stokes           Eng         453        38.20      6.12       466 v Win at Barbados 2017

75=         (+24)      Y. Chahal              Ind          427*      25.70      4.50       430 v Aus at Indore 2017

80=         (+9)         Kuldeep Yadav     Ind          422*!     24.38      4.78       422 v Aus at Nagpur 2017

108         (+28)      Alzarri Joseph      Win         350*      30.69      6.40       353 v Eng at The Oval 20172017 

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank      (+/-)      Player                    Team     Points    Highest Rating

   1          ( – )          S. Al Hasan          Ban         353        453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

   2          ( – )          M. Hafeez             Pak         339        438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

   3          ( – )          M. Nabi                Afg          329        349 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

   4          ( – )          A. Mathews           SL           304        427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014

   5          (+1)         Ben Stokes           Eng         293        299 v Win at Bristol 2017

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