After a phenomenal display throughout the 50-over format in 2022, Mohammed Siraj bagged the much-awaited ace in the ODI rankings, thanks to a glass-shattering culmination with an emphatic performance in the recently concluded ODI series against New Zealand.
In the recently concluded series against the visiting Sri Lankans, Siraj finished his campaign with a staggering 9 wicket haul that also featured 4 wickets in the second match of the series. With his scintillating display against New Zealand and Sri Lanka combined, he managed to ease past Josh Hazlewood even though the current gap between the two’s ratings is a paltry 2-pointer.
Siraj also became the first Indian bowler to bag the ace in ICC ODI bowling rankings after Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah bagged the ace in 2022 after a sumptuous showdown against England in the latter’s backyard, helping India seize a remarkable series.
Ever since his return to the ODI squad in February 2022, Mohammed Siraj managed to bag 37 wickets from 21 fixtures while also creating ripples in the opening powerplay of the game. Earlier this week, he was also announced in ICC’s ODI Team of the Year.
Following India’s triumphant exploits against the formerly ranked one team in ODIs, Rohit Sharma had said, “He has done really well, he understands what the team is expecting from him. To come and take the new ball, swing the ball, get early wickets. In the middle overs too, he’s got so much skill. The more he plays, the better he gets.”
Here are the top 5 bowlers in the latest ICC ODI Rankings:
- Mohammed Siraj (India) – 729
- Josh Hazlewood (Australia) – 727
- Trent Boult (New Zealand) – 708
- Mitchell Starc (Australia) – 665
- Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) – 659