Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are the two pillars of Indian cricket. The captain vice-captain duo is considered the best in the world. These two have dominated ODI cricket for quite some time now. When it comes to the rankings these two are always among the top-ranked players.
Virat Kohli is the second highest-ranked batsman while Rohit Sharma comes in at third in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen. However, the duo has not played a lot of ODI cricket in recent months. Kohli and Sharma were earlier number one and two respectively but a lack of ODI games and Babar Azam’s sensational form meant both Indian batsmen fell by a spot each.
Here are the top 10 ODI batsmen in the latest ICC rankings.🏏 pic.twitter.com/i1WMocNSNa
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) July 14, 2021
Both the batting stalwarts are not part of India’s squad that is set to play in a limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. This might lead to them dropping points in the ICC rankings. Kohli is expected to lose 13 points while Rohit Sharma could suffer a loss of 12 points.
This will, however, not affect their rankings as they are both well ahead of the chasing pack. But it will bridge the gap going forward and may potentially allow other batsmen to overtake the Indian duo.
India set to play series in Sri Lanka and England
India is all set to play against Sri Lanka in a limited-overs series starting on 18th July. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will be missing out on this series and the team will be led by veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan.
The Indian team led by Virat Kohli is also set to play a Test series against England starting on 2nd August. The Indian team stayed back in England after the World Test Championship Final as constant travel is not feasible in times of COVID-19.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 17, 2021
It will be interesting to see two different Indian teams playing at around the same time. This shows the depth of Indian cricket as even the second squad is considered the favourites going into the Sri Lanka series. The first ODI between India and Sri Lanka is scheduled for July 18.