Dubai, Mar 31: A lacklustre World Cup performance notwithstanding, Virat Kohli remained the highest-placed Indian batsman at fourth even as Shikhar Dhawan rose a rung to sixth in the latest ICC ODI rankings issued on Tuesday.
Apart from Kohli and Dhawan, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the other Indian batsman to be inside the top-10, hanging on to the eighth spot. Opener Rohit Sharma made significant strides up the order as he jumped seven places to be joint 12th with Australian swashbuckler Steve Smith and Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq.
Rohit scored 330 runs in the tournament. Australia retained the ODI Shield and won USD 175,000 after finishing as the number-one ranked side on the April 1 cut-off date. India collected USD 75,000 for finishing second in the team rankings. Among the bowlers, Australia's Mitchell Starc has surged to the top for the first time in his career following a stellar performance in the World Cup that also fetched him the player of the tournament award.
The 25-year-old left-arm fast bowler finished ICC's pinnacle 50-over tournament as joint-leading wicket-taker with New Zealand's Trent Boult (22 wickets), including two for 20 in eight overs in the final against New Zealand. This performance has helped Starc to rise two places and claim the number-one position for the first time.
Starc had entered World Cup in seventh position and during the course of the tournament, he gained 147 ratings points.
He currently sits on 783 rating points, which is also his career-best rating and was achieved during the final played in front of over 93,000 spectators. Australia's James Faulkner, who was adjudged the player of the final, has also made an upward movement along with India's Umesh Yadav.Yadav has broken into the top 20 for the first time in his career following his 15 wickets in the series, including four for 72 in the semi-final against Australia.
Yadav has rocketed 16 places to join England's James Tredwell in 18th position. In the rankings for ODI batsmen, South Africa captain AB de Villiers continued to lead the charts and has also become the 11th batsman overall, and second South African after Hashim Amla, to break the 900-point mark. In ranking terms, 900 points marks out a player as truly great.