India is threatening Pakistan’s dominance as Gill gains pace on Babar.

Pakistan’s hegemony at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Batter Rankings is under threat as a wide group of Indian players gained ground in the most recent update following their unbeaten start to the Asia Cup.

India has yet to taste loss in the Asia Cup, thanks in large part to a dominating top order led wonderfully by Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, and skipper Rohit Sharma.

Gill has already scored two half-centuries and scored 154 runs in the competition, and the right-hander has been rewarded in the latest rankings by advancing to a career-high second spot, with just Pakistan captain Babar Azam ahead of him.

And Gill has cut the distance on the Pakistan captain significantly, with the gap at the top down to just 103 rating points today, with Babar leading the way on 863 rating points and the India opener on 759.

Gill isn’t the only Indian star on the rise, with Kohli moving up two spots to eighth and Rohit moving up two spots to ninth in the new batter rankings, giving India three players in the top ten for the first time in over four and a half years.

The last time India had three players this high in the ODI batter rankings was at the start of 2019, with opener Shikhar Dhawan joining Rohit and Virat within the top ten in January of that year.

Pakistan still has three hitters in the top ten, but Imam-ul-Haq dips one rank to fifth and fellow opener Fakhar Zaman drops three spots to tenth.

Kuldeep Yadav, an experienced India spinner, has risen five places to seventh on the updated list of ODI bowlers, thanks to his nine wickets at the Asia Cup, while colleague Hardik Pandya has risen four places to sixth on the ODI all-rounder rankings.

There was also some relief for Pakistan’s bowlers in the rankings update, with speed duo Haris Rauf (up eight places to 21st) and Naseem Shah (up 11 spaces to equal 51st) improving drastically despite suffering minor injuries during their most recent matches.

Following a three-wicket haul in the opening match of Australia’s ongoing series with South Africa, Australia seamer Josh Hazlewood extends his lead at the top of the ODI bowling rankings, while a slew of his colleagues and Proteas stars make inroads.

South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj (up 10 places to 25th) and Tabraiz Shamsi (up 15 spots to equal 29th) improve on the list of ODI bowlers, while Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma jumps 21 places to 11th and a new career-high rating on the list of ODI batters following his impressive century in that series opener in Bloemfontein.

After his quickfire half-century in the third match of the South Africa series, Australia veteran David Warner rises one spot to fourth on the updated batter rankings, while fellow left-hander Travis Head jumps six spaces to 20th on the same list.

While T20I cricket has taken a back seat in the run-up to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India, there has been some movement in the rankings following the conclusion of England’s home series against New Zealand.

Glenn Phillips of New Zealand is the most notable mover, rising three places to 11th on the latest T20I batter rankings, while teammates Tim Seifert (up 32 places to 21st) and Mark Chapman (up six places to equal 23rd) also make inroads.

New Zealanders Mitchell Santner (up four places to 15th) and Ish Sodhi (up four spots to 16th) are the big movers on the updated T20I bowler rankings, while England veteran Jonny Bairstow jumps 31 places to 30th on the list for batters following his quickfire 73 in the series finale.