India to bowl in final one-day worldwide against Proteas


India to bowl in final one-day worldwide against Proteas

He became only the seventh batsman to do so and now lies seventh in the all-time list with 909 points. If the Indian skipper will make 18 runs in this match that he will become the first Indian cricketer to make 2000 runs in the T-20 worldwide. Viv Richards (935), Zaheer Abbas (931), Greg Chappell (921), David Gower (919), Jones (918) and Javed Miandad (910) have attained such high ratings earlier.

Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, achieved a rare feat of surpassing 900 points in both Tests and One-Day Internationals in the International Cricket Council's Player Ranking system on Tuesday (February 20).

Kohli's purple patch with the bat saw him become only the second batsman after South Africa's AB de Villiers to attain the 900-point mark concurrently in both forms of the game.

Kohli scored 286 runs in the Tests against South Africa - including a hundred at Centurion - and took his game to a new level in the ODI series with 558 runs; including three hundreds. The India captain is now a good 22 points clear of Sachin Tendulkar, whose ODI career high of 887 points came against Zimbabwe in January 1998. Kohli's aggregate is the best since Brian Lara reached 911 points in March 1993.

As for the bowlers' rankings, Jasprit Bumrah and Rashid Khan have taken the joint-top position with 787 points. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who claimed 16 wickets in six matches, moved up eight positions to the 21st whereas Chinman bowler Kuldeep Yadav rose 15 positions to get to the 47th spot.

Meanwhile, India registered their first-ever series ODI win against South Africa on South African soil in the history of Indian cricket.

Interestingly, Afghanistan have overtaken Zimbabwe in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who played only in the first ODI against India and scored a fine century, moved up one position to reach the eighth spot. Afghanistan have gained four points to take 10th position with 55 points while Zimbabwe have lost three points to be on 50 points.