Virender Sehwag rises in ICC ODI rankings

India’s Virender Sehwag has moved up to 12th position in the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings after a record-breaking innings against the West Indies in the fourth ODI series which finished in Chennai on Sunday.

Sehwag has been rewarded with a jump of eight places in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batters for a breathtaking 219 that came off 149 balls and included 25 fours and seven sixes.

Virat Kohli is India’s highest-ranked batsman in third position after rising two places following his series contribution of 243 runs. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (fifth) and Gautam Gambhir (18th) are the other India batsmen inside the top 20.

Another India batsman to head in the right direction is Rohit Sharma, who top scored in the series with 305 runs and as such, has jumped 20 places to claim 36th position.

West Indies batsmen Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo and Andre Russell have significantly improved their rankings despite the fact that their side lost the five-match series 4-1.

Pollard’s century in the fifth ODI has helped him climb 11 places to 51st position, Bravo’s aggregate of 99 runs in three ODIs has allowed him to vault 14 places to 55th spot and Russell has moved up 44 places to 66th spot after scoring 155 runs in the series.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, India’s left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has achieved a career-best ranking of 13th. Jadeja took nine wickets in the series, including 3-62 in Chennai and 3-34 in Indore. This has given him a lift of 13 places to make him India’s highest ranked bowler.

West Indies’ Kemar Roach, who also took nine wickets in the series, has gained 10 places and he is now in 25th position. Roach’s team-mates Ravi Rampaul and Darren Sammy, however, have moved in the opposite direction and are now in 20th and 48th positions, respectively.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounder, Jadeja’s good show with the bat and the bowl has made him India’s highest-ranked all-rounder in 10th position. The 23-year-old left-hander gained two places in the table which were released on Sunday after the final game of the series.

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