Sri Lanka’s Maheesh Theekshana breaks into the top ten ODI bowling rankings, joining Mohammad Nabi at eighth place, while Wanindu Hasaranga’s stellar comeback propels him into the top 40.
New Delhi, January 17, 2024 – In a dramatic shuffle of the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Bowling Rankings, Sri Lankan spinner Maheesh Theekshana has surged to the eighth position after an impressive display against Zimbabwe at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The right-arm bowler, who secured figures of 1/15 in the match, now shares the eighth spot with Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi, both boasting a rating of 648.
The rise in rankings wasn’t limited to Theekshana alone, as Wanindu Hasaranga, who missed the Cricket World Cup due to injury, made a remarkable comeback with a seven-wicket haul, propelling him 28 places up the rankings. Hasaranga’s stellar performance not only pushed him into the top 40 bowlers but also elevated him to the 17th position in the ODI all-rounder rankings, making him the highest-ranked Sri Lankan in the category.
The latest rankings reflect the influence of T20 Internationals on the international cricket landscape, particularly in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup 2024. The clash between India and Afghanistan played a significant role in shaping the top ten rankings, with Axar Patel leaping 12 spots to claim the fifth position (667). Patel’s impressive two-wicket hauls in the series pushed him ahead of Ravi Bishnoi as the highest-ranked bowler from India.
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Tim Southee and Adam Milne showcased their prowess in the matches against Pakistan, with Southee climbing eight spots to 18th and Milne ascending 19 spots to 47th in the ODI bowling rankings. Ben Sears, a newcomer, also made a substantial impact by surging 47 spots to break into the top 100 bowlers.
On the batting front, Yashasvi Jaiswal’s explosive innings of 68 runs from 34 balls catapulted him seven spots up to sixth in the rankings (739). Suryakumar Yadav retains the top spot for India with a rating of 869, while Ruturaj Gaikwad sits comfortably in the ninth position. Making his mark in India colors, Shivam Dube has seen a significant rise, now standing at 58th place with a rating of 472. The dynamic shifts in the rankings set the stage for an exciting period of cricket as teams gear up for the upcoming T20 World Cup.