The two most consistent players for the West Indies at the 2019 ICC World Cup in England, Nicolas Pooran and Sheldon Cottrell have moved up in the ICC ODI rankings in the batting and bowling categories respectively.
Pooran who was outside the 400 rank position has ended the tournament as the 92nd ranked batsman. The T&T left-hander, who cracked two half-centuries (58 against Afghanistan) and his maiden century 118 against Sri Lanka on July 1, finished with 367 runs at an average of 52.42, to at the top of the heap, as far as runs scored among West Indies players.
Another West Indian in Shimron Hetmyer also moved up three places and is now 26th in the rankings. The Guyanese left-hander scored the second-highest number of runs 257 at an average of 36.71 with two half-centuries (54 against New Zealand and 50 against Bangladesh).
Coming into the World Cup Cottrell was ranked 82nd in the world in ODI bowling. He is now at position number 40 at the end of the tournament. He finished with 12 wickets at 32.66 with the best haul of 4/56 against New Zealand.
West Indies as a team slipped one position and is now ninth in the ICC ODI ratings after their performance, which saw them win only two matches in the nine-match preliminaries. Their clash against South Africa ended in a draw.
Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli has retained the top position among batsmen after scoring five half-centuries so far.
Opener Rohit Sharma has bridged the gap in the latest rankings after getting five centuries so far.
Kohli’s 442 runs at an average of 63.14 have seen him gain one point and reach 891 points while Rohit has bridged the gap from 51 points to only six after becoming the first batsman to score five centuries in the World Cup. His 885 points going into the semi-finals are a career-high.
India’s new-ball bowler Jasprit Bumrah has extended his lead at the top from 21 points to 56 points after grabbing 17 wickets in the nine league matches at the World Cup, with Boult remaining in second place after a memorable league phase that included a hat-trick against Australia, the first-ever in ODI cricket at Lord’s.
Afghanistan spinners Mujeeb-ur-Rahman and Rashid Khan remain in the top-10 despite their team losing all matches, while Australia’s Mitchell Starc and Mohammad Amir have improved despite not coming into the tournament with many impressive performances.