Siraj of India snatches first position from New Zealand's Boult in ICC rankings

Siraj bagged five wickets in two matches against New Zealand

By Web Desk
January 25, 2023
Mohammad Siraj during home ODI series against New Zealand - BCCI

India's Mohammad Siraj topped in latest International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI bowling rankings. 

Siraj, who picked up five wickets in two matches against New Zealand in the recently concluded ODI series, snatched first position from New Zealand's Trent Boult. 

Left-arm pacer Boult missed ODI series against India. He was dropped down to third position with a rating of 708. Australia's Josh Hazlewood retains second position with a rating of 727. 

Mitchell Starc (Australia) and Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) hold fourth and fifth position respectively. 

With a rating of 641, Pakistan's Shaheen Shah Afridi is settled on eighth position in the rankings. 

Afridi, who struggled with a knee injury after July 2022, played only four ODIs in the year. He bagged nine wickets at an average of 19.44. 

The left-arm pacer last appeared in an international match was back in November last year. He featured in T20 World Cup 2022's final match against England. 

He had to leave the field after his knee was hit on the ground while taking a catch off Shadab Khan. Since then, Afridi hasn't appeared in any international outing. 

According to the latest updates, the pacer has been in fine rhythm and is set to return to competitive cricket in the upcoming eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). 

He will lead defending champions Lahore Qalandars in the event. Last year, Afridi captained Qalandars for the first time and helped his team win their maiden PSL title. Qalandars beat the hen defending champions Multan Sultans in the final to lift the coveted trophy.