New Delhi: Indian speedster Mohammed Siraj has climbed up the ladder for the top spot in the ICC One Day International (ODI) Rankings 2023 with his wonderful outing against Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
The right-arm quick bowler toppled New Zealand seamer Trent Bolt to achieve his maiden number one in ICC ODI Rankings on Wednesday.
It was the remarkable rise for Siraj who returned to the ODI setup for Men in Blue in February last year. Since then, Siraj scalped 37 wickets from 20 matches to be India’s most successful white ball bowler.
On Tuesday, Siraj was named in the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year and on Wednesday, the right-armer had another reason to celebrate. The Indian bowler went past New Zealand player Trent Boult and Australia seamer Josh Hazlewood to become the top-ranked ODI bowler for the very first time.
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Siraj improved his bowling
India’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey challenged Siraj to work on certain aspects of his game in the middle of last year. Following which, the energetic quick bowler put extra training for his game which paid off in spades judged on recent performances.
Siraj took nine wickets against Sri Lanka to be the leading wicket-taker for the three-game series and backed that up by claiming a four-wicket haul in the opening match of the recently-completed ODI series against New Zealand.
Siraj tops with 729 ratings point
Mohammed Siraj topped the chart with the 729 ratings points, albeit narrowly, with his lead at the top over Hazlewood just two rating points higher than the Australian.
Rohit praises Siraj
Indian thunderbolt performed up the mark against New Zealand at his home ground in Hyderabad. His four wicket haul against the visitors played a crucial role in India’s win in the series opener by 12 runs.
“He has done really well, he understands what the team is expecting from him,” Rohit said.
“To come and take the new ball, swing the ball, get early wickets. In the middle overs too, he’s got so much skill,” Rohit added
“The more he plays, the better he gets,” he concluded.
Mohammed Shami jumps to 11th place
Mohammed Siraj’s bowling partner Mohammed Shami jumps to the 11th position from 32nd place in the updated the ODI ranking, while there is a plenty of movement at the top of the batter rankings following the completion of India’s home series against the Kiwis.
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