India's top Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is happy with his return to form and is looking forward to doing well in the rescheduled fifth Test against England in a few days.
Pujara has credited his performance in the Ranji Trophy and county cricket stint with Sussex for helping him get his form as he scored a couple of big hundreds in both tournaments.
Having been in England and played a few matches there, Pujara will be a key component of the Indian batting order in the Test match starting on July 1 at Birmingham.
"It's about playing as many first-class games as possible and for me, that experience was very important. When you want to get back into form, when you want to get back that rhythm, when you have that concentration then you have to have some long innings. So, when I was playing for Sussex, I could do that. When I had my first big knock against Derby, then I felt that my rhythm was back, my concentration and everything was falling in place. Yeah, I had a very good time with Sussex," Pujara said in a video posted by BCCI on its official website.
Pujara said he could do well in county cricket because he had in the groove having done well in Ranji Trophy before leaving for England.
"In the three games I played for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy, I found my rhythm, knew that I was batting well. It was about getting a big score and so when I had that in my first game, I knew that everything is back to normal now. (I was) finding my footwork, the back lift was coming along well," he added.
"After that, I just wanted to enjoy my game and contribute to the team's success. The most important thing is having a good time on the field. I love this game and enjoy playing cricket, so whenever I am on the field I want to try and make the most of it," said the veteran batter.
Pujara's success in county cricket helped him get back into the Indian Test squad after he and Ajinkya Rahane were dropped for lack of form.
Now that he is back to form and in the squad, Pujara is looking forward to doing well in England. If selected, he will be a key player at the No.4 position in the order and having already acclamitized to the conditions in England.
The 34-year-old along with Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna will be representing Leicestershire in the four-day warm-up match that will start later on Thursday. The Indian team management has allowed him to play for the opposition so that all members of the touring party get a chance to play the warm-up match before the Test match.
Pujara will be hoping to score a big one in the warm-up match to get back his position in the team. He is one of the best Indian batters to succeed in foreign conditions and his technique and ability to concentrate for long hours will help the Indian team in the Test match.
Yuzvendra Chahal had entered India's five-match T20I series against South Africa on the back of a stupendous IPL 2022, where he was the leading wicket-taker with 27 wickets in 17 matches at an economy rate of 7.75.
But in Delhi and Cuttack, Chahal conceded 0/26 in 2.1 overs and 1/49 in four overs respectively, with South Africa batters, especially Heinrich Klassen on Sunday, hitting him easily for boundaries.
But, at Visakhapatnam, Chahal went back to his strengths as a leg-spinner: varying his pace, using more of a flatter trajectory (sometimes wide lines) and leg-breaks to get Rassie van der Dussen and Dwaine Pretorius while going for the cut. He then followed it up by getting Klassen, his long-time nemesis, with a wide outside the off-stump delivery which the right-hander miscued to extra cover.
So, what really changed for Chahal to pick 3/20, including 11 dot balls, and bag the Player of the Match award in India's 48-run win, their first of this series?
"In the last game (at Cuttack), I was bowling a lot of sliders, and I was also bowling a bit faster. So even when I was bowling good balls, I wasn't getting any turns. It was going like a flipper.
"I spoke to Paras (Mhambrey, bowling coach) sir and coaches on what can be done (to improve). So, I kept the pace the same and I changed the seam position and bowled fast leg breaks in order to get some help (from the pitch)," said Chahal after the match.
To go back to his threatening and usual self, especially for the control in the middle overs, Chahal's return to his strength points got India the results they missed badly in Delhi and Cuttack.
"My strength is to turn the ball, to get it to dip. I strayed from that itself (at Cuttack). So it became very easy for batsmen as the ball was just going straight.
"Here, I tried to vary my pace and line too so that the batsmen cannot predict. There was help from the wicket in the last game (at Cuttack) but didn't bowl well. But I learned from it, spoke to coaches and backed my strengths to do well here (in Visakhapatnam)."
"The plan was to just bowl to my strength. I was anyway going for runs, but if I bowl to my strength and still go for 40-45 runs, I would pick up at least three wickets too, which didn't happen in the last game. And when you dismiss two batsmen in the middle order (van der Dussen and Pretorius), the pressure shifts on the batting side."
With India needing wins in Rajkot and Bengaluru to win the series, expect Chahal to play a crucial role by being more himself with the ball, which could translate to a ticket to Men's T20 World Cup in Australia later in the year.
"I think they (modern-day batters) try to do a lot more reverse sweep as well as the (conventional) sweep. Because if someone does the reverse sweep, it makes things difficult for the bowlers. At the same time, you got to be ready for it as you are playing the game for so long and you ought to have a second plan. That's why we had a field that if Klassen stays till the end, we will bowl with that setting on the field," concluded the leg-spinner.
Rassie van der Dussen (75 not out) and David Miller (64 not out) stitched an unbeaten 131-run stand to take South Africa to a seven-wicket win over India in the series opener at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Thursday.
After Ishan Kishan's 76 and finishing touches from captain Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya powered India to 211/4, South Africa were in trouble at 81/3 in 8.4 overs, despite a whirlwind Dwaine Pretorius cameo in power-play.
That's when Miller and van der Dussen joined forces to forge an unbroken stand, enough for the visitors to record their highest chase in T20Is and put an end to India's 12-match winning streak in the format. The seven-wicket win also means that South Africa are now 1-0 up in the five-match series.
The pursuit of 212 began with captain Temba Bavuma nicking behind a Bhuvneshwar Kumar leg-cutter to Pant. South Africa's gamble to send Pretorius at three worked well ashe punched Bhuvneshwar crisply through cover and slog-swept Yuzvendra Chahal for a huge six over cow corner.
Pretorius then muscled Pandya for three sixes in the leg-side as South Africa soared to 60/1 in just five overs. Harshal Patel brought Pretorius' cameo to an end in final over of power-play with a dipping full toss crashing into off-stump.
Quinton de Kock never got going in his innings of 22 and swept straight to long-leg off Axar Patel, leaving the Proteas at 81/3 in 8.4 overs. But Miller's introduction quickened South Africa's scoring pace, slicing Harshal square through the off-side for four, followed by flicking nonchalantly over deep square leg for six.
Miller then creamed Axar for a four through cover and dispatched left-arm spinner for sixes over long-off and mid-wicket to take 19 runs off the 13th over. He then dished out boundaries against Bhuvneshwar, pulling between deep mid-wicket and long-on for four before lofting effortlessly over long-off for six before reaching his fifty in 22 balls.
van der Dussen, dropped on 29 by Shreyas Iyer, shed his cautious self by slamming Harshal for back-to-back sixes over long-on and backward square leg before pulling an outside the off-stump delivery through mid-wicket for four. He then brought up his fifty in 37 balls with a flat pulled six over deep mid-wicket in an over which yielded 22 runs.
Miller brought up the century of his fourth wicket association with van der Dussen with a clean heaved six over deep mid-wicket off Bhuvneshwar. Van der Dussen then slog-swept him high over deep mid-wicket for six and amassed back-to-back fours through square of the wicket on the off-side to take South Africa closer to victory.
The duo knocked off the remaining 12 runs easily, with van der Dussen finishing off the chase, reverse sweeping Chahal for four to open their series with a win.
Earlier, India amassed 51 runs from power-play, which was a mix of luck being on their side and some scintillating shots from Kishan as well as Ruturaj Gaikwad. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje were able to beat the edge of the bat with some away-shape and bounce on back of the length balls. But India pushed forward with Kishan and Gaikwad bringing up the side's fifty in power-play.
Post powerplay, Gaikwad fell when he lobbed a pull to mid-off off Parnell. Kishan, though, continued to accelerate with boundaries - a punch through the off-side was followed by a ferocious drive past Dwaine Pretorius. Shreyas Iyer began by dealing in sixes, coming down the pitch and depositing Tabraiz Shamsi over long-on thrice. He got a life on 25 when de Kock missed his stumping off Maharaj.
Kishan brought up his fifty in 37 balls by dragging Maharaj for a mighty slog-sweep over mid-wicket for six. He further tore into Maharaj in the 13th over, depositing back-to-back sixes with slog sweep and pull over mid-wicket fence twice. He went on hit successive boundaries, lofting over the bowler's head and smashing a flat hit along the ground. But Maharaj had the last laugh as Kishan holed out to long-on.
From being 28 off 15 balls, Iyer endured a slowdown before being bowled by an off-cutter from Pretorius for 36 off 27 balls. Pant, who got great applause from the home crowd, began by straight-lofting Parnell for four. He then unleashed carnage on Pretorius in the 17th over, heaving over his head for a six followed by evading diving long-on for another six and closing the over with slice over cover for four.
Pandya, his deputy, whipped Parnell for four over mid-wicket and followed it up with a short-arm jab over long-on for six. Rabada came under thrashing from Pandya in the 19th over, when the right-hander lofted over long-on for six and squeezed a yorker past short fine leg to bring up India's 200, not enough to avoid defeat for Pant in his debut match as a captain in his hometown.
Brief Scores: India 211/4 in 20 overs (Ishan Kishan 76, Shreyas Iyer 36; Wayne Parnell 1/32, Dwaine Pretorius 1/35) lost to South Africa 212/3 in 19.1 overs (Rassie van der Dussen 75 not out, David Miller 64 not out; Axar Patel 1/40, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/43) by seven wickets
Joe Root finished unbeaten on 115 and also crossed the 10,000-run mark in the longest format of the game as England wrapped a five-wicket victory over New Zealand on day four of the opening Test at Lord's on Sunday.
With Ben Foakes (32 not out) playing an important role from the other end, Root helped England knock off the remaining 61 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
The victory also marked the winning start of Ben Stokes-Brendon McCullum era as captain-head coach in Test cricket for England. With a flick through leg-side for a brace against Tim Southee, Root completed his 26th Test hundred and also crossed the 10,000 Test runs milestone, becoming only the 14th cricketer and just the second Englishman after Sir Alastair Cook to achieve the landmark.
At 31 years, five months and five days, Root has reached 10,000 Test runs landmark at exactly the same age as Cook - making the English pair the joint-youngest players to reach the milestone. Other batters to reach the milestone include Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid, Kumar Sangakkara, Brian Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Mahela Jayawardene, Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Sunil Gavaskar and Younis Khan.
"I was so glad I was here to witness that - an unbelievable knock by an unbelievable player. He is the most complete England batsman in all forms. It is absolutely mad that it is exactly the same age. I am happy to call it a draw," said Cook on BBC Test Match Special after Root entered the 10,000-run club on the back of a brilliant unbeaten knock under pressure, especially when England were 69/4 in a chase of 277.
Resuming from 216/5 under overcast skies and needing 61 runs with five wickets in hand, England avoided any dismissals as Root and Foakes settled quickly. As Foakes got the runs through boundaries, Root, resuming from 77, entered the 90s on the back of good running between the wickets and a crisp straight drive.
Root swiftly brought up his century off 156 balls, to thunderous applause from fans, home as well as away dressing rooms. Root smacked Southee for three boundaries, including the last one pulled fiercely through mid-wicket, to seal an outstanding win for England after see-saw first three days.
It also meant Root put a full stop to chances of the second new ball coming for New Zealand's crafty bowling attack. Root left the field to rapturous applause from the crowd, going a little emotional on his way back to the dressing room on an unforgettable day for the ex-England skipper.
Brief Scores: England 141 in 42.5 overs and 279/5 in 78.5 overs (Joe Root 115 not out, Ben Stokes 54, Kyle Jamieson 4/79) beat New Zealand 132 in 40 overs and 285 in 91.3 overs by five wickets
IPL rights renewal should yield the biggest delta for SunTV, the owner of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), as the team's valuation may spike the most, even as the contribution to future market cap may look skewed should the broadcasting business likely grow at a faster clip, Elara Securities said in a report.
Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) may contribute 0.7 per cent and 15.5 per cent to their owners', Reliance Industry (RIL) and United Spirits (UNSP), market caps, respectively, the report said.
"We ascribe 14-15.5x market cap/sales valuation to IPL teams, implying a base-case valuation of at least $1.2 billion. This can be 15 per cent higher or lower than the base case, based on factors such as players' profile in the team, higher sponsorship revenue and qualification in play-offs.
"The target valuation is hinged on factors such as franchise team's revenue growth (led by increased yield from media rights) and benchmarking growth/global team franchises' valuations (case in point, Manchester United)," the report said.
Digital/TV to see premiums of 100 per cent/40 per cent over the current base. Based on these premiums, the share of digital might rise to 50 per cent in IPL media rights.
"We anticipate 6 per cent/35 per cent revenue CAGR in FY23E-28E for TV/digital, respectively. This in turn should massively bolster India sports media rights market. And IPL's share may grow to 74 per cent from 54 per cent currently, evincing its importance."
A determined Gujarat Titans made their maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) season an unforgettable one by lifting the 2022 title with a seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in front of a roaring home crowd of 1,04,859 at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday.
By finishing off a chase of 131 with 11 balls remaining and defeating Rajasthan for the third time in IPL 2022 after losing the toss, Gujarat have capped off a season where they exceeded everyone's pre-tournament expectations to become champions in their debut season of the competition.
Chasing 131 wasn't going to be easy for Gujarat on a slow, dry pitch with variable bounce, where Hardik Pandya had taken a fantastic 3/17 in the first innings. But with a below-par total to chase down, Gujarat paced their chase in a clinical manner to clinch the trophy.
Wriddhiman Saha was clean bowled by a quick inswinger from Prasidh Krishna while Matthew Wade flicked straight to mid-wicket off Trent Boult. After Gujarat could amass just 31/2 from power-play, Rajasthan's bowling continued to be incisive from both ends as Shubman Gill and Hardik Pandya struggled to break free despite some boundaries here and there.
Gill, who was dropped on fourth ball of the innings, earned another reprieve in the eighth over when a hoick down the pitch wasn't caught by a diving extra cover. But the introduction of Ravichandran Ashwin brought Pandya the chance to find his groove, taking the off-spinner for a four with a thick outer edge past the keeper and followed it up with a six over wide long-on.
The 63-run stand off 53 balls between Pandya and Gill ended when Yuzvendra Chahal took out the former with the one turning away and taking the outer edge, giving a catch to slip. It seemed like Pandya's dismissal would leave Gujarat in a spot of bother.
David Miller, one of their key players in the season, began by driving Obed McCoy through extra cover for a boundary and then dispatched an overpitched ball from Ashwin over long-on to make the equation 22 runs off the last four overs.
The left-hander took two boundaries off Krishna's final over, a pull swivelled over fine leg followed by a thick edge through third man. Gill finished off the innings in style with a swivelled six off McCoy over deep square leg to make Gujarat IPL 2022 champions.
Earlier, Pandya recorded his best IPL bowling figures to restrict Rajasthan to a low total in the title clash. With the crowd firmly behind him, Pandya took out Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler and Shimron Hetmyer in a tight bowling display by the bowling unit.
Yashasvi Jaiswal began by playing seven dots before clearing Mohammed Shami over mid-off for a boundary, followed by an emphatic lofted drive over cover for six. He went on to hook Yash Dayal for a six over long leg, but the left-arm pacer struck on the very next ball, cramping the left-hander for room and miscuing the pull to deep square leg.
Despite the Jaiswal blitz, Gujarat kept Rajasthan on a tight leash in power-play, with Lockie Ferguson bowling the fastest ball of the tournament with a wide yorker going past a circumspect Buttler's bat. After Rashid Khan didn't leak any boundary in his first two overs, including getting turn from his googly, Buttler made full use of the width from Ferguson to smash back-to-back boundaries.
Samson tried to up the ante but miscued the pull off the outer edge to backward point off Pandya. He was nailing his hard lengths against Devdutt Padikkal, which eventually forced the left-hander to end his misery by cutting to short third man off Khan. Pandya's seam up delivery on back of the length worked again when Buttler nicked behind to Saha.
Hetmyer carted Pandya for boundaries through off-side in the 15th over. But the Gujarat skipper had the last laugh when the left-hander defended too early on a back of the length ball and popped a simple return catch back to the bowler, effectively breaking the back of Rajasthan's innings.
With R Sai Kishore taking out Ravichandran Ashwin and Trent Boult, Riyan Parag and Obed McCoy produced a boundary each to take Rajasthan to 130 before being dismissed in the final over, paving the way for Gujarat to take the trophy.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 130/9 in 20 overs (Jos Buttler 39, Yashasvi Jaiswal 22; Hardik Pandya 3/17, R Sai Kishore 2/20) lost to Gujarat Titans 133/3 in 18.1 overs (Shubman Gill 45 not out, Hardik Pandya 34; Trent Boult 1/14, Yuzvendra Chahal 1/20) by seven wickets
The Indian men's badminton team clinched its maiden Thomas Cup title after beating Indonesia 3-0 in the final, here on Sunday,
Victories from Lakshya Sen, the doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty and former World No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth helped India win the coveted trophy, the most prestigious title in men's team badminton. Indian men had previously reached the Thomas Cup semis in 1952, 1955, and 1979 while Indonesia are the most successful nation in the history of the tournament, with 14 titles to their name.
On a historic day, Lakshya Sen won the first point for India after defeating Anthony Ginting 8-21, 21-17, 21-16.
Ginting, the World No. 5, was fast, accurate and extremely dangerous and enjoyed a twelve-point run, to claim the opening game in just 17 minutes. The momentum was with Ginting, who was playing on the more favourable side of the court, playing against the drift, and brimming with confidence but India's top-ranked Sen responded well and upped his pace and attack to win the second game.
The start of the third game saw Ginting get off to a better start, but this time around Sen did not allow the Indonesian to run away with the game. The 20-year-old kept himself within striking distance, and was able to close the gap and draw level with Ginting 12-12.
The Indian star struck back with his own arsenal of shots which had the Indonesian struggling, held his nerves, and eventually pulled off a stunning win over Ginting.
Meanwhile, in the second clash of the day, the Indonesian pairing of Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo got off to the right start and won their opening game 21-18 against India's Rankireddy and Shetty.
The Indian pair led in the opening stages of the second game but Ahsan and Sukamuljo showed their prowess as they clawed level and went on to hold the first match point opportunity. However, Rankireddy and Shetty refused to give in and fought their way back with some extraordinary display of badminton and managed to scrape ahead and win the second game 23-21.
In the decider, the Indians held the upper hand early but Ahsan and Sukamuljo levelled at 11-11 and moved into the lead. But there was nothing separating the two pairs as they drew level again at 17-17.
Rankireddy and Shetty, who survived four match points in the second game, finally had their first match point opportunity but Ahsan smashed the Indonesians to safety. But on the second time of asking the world No. 8 pairing sealed the 21-19 win for India.
In the third match of the day, Kidambi Srikanth was up against Jonathan Christie. The Indian pretty much the entire way and took the opening game 21-15. The second game was a much closer affair but Srikanth used his experience to perfection and beat Christie 23-21 to clinch the title for India.
West Indies all-rounder and limited-overs captain Kieron Pollard on Wednesday announced his retirement from international cricket, ending his 15-year long career.
Pollard was a West Indian trailblazer in white-ball cricket, becoming the first player to represent West Indies in over 100 T20I matches. The cricketer made his ODI debut in April 2007 against South Africa and his T20I debut the following year against Australia in Bridgetown. Overall, he played 123 ODIs and 101 T20Is for West Indies.
The 34-year-old Trinidadian, who never played a Test for West Indies and was one of the many white-ball specialists for his country, made the announcement through social media.
"After careful deliberation, I have today decided to retire from international cricket. It was a dream of mine to represent the West Indies team from the time I was a boy of 10 years and I am proud to have represented West Indies cricket for over 15 years in both the T20I and ODI forms of the game," Pollard said in a statement on his official Instagram page.
"Wearing those maroon colours and playing alongside such greats has been a privilege that I never took lightly, giving my heart and soul in every facet of the game ? whether bowling, batting or fielding.
"As with many sports, there are highs and lows, but throughout it all I have always felt the unwavering support and love of the fans of West Indies cricket who understand the importance of this great sport to the people of the Caribbean. As I move on and make room for those who will carry the game forward in West Indian colours, know that I will always be supporting in whatever way I can. It is with profound gratitude for living my dream that I now raise my bat in salute to all that is West Indies cricket," he added.
The star all-rounder is currently playing for five-time champions Mumbai Indians in the ongoing IPL 2022.
Pollard led his team in both formats and was also a part of the 2012 ICC T20 World Cup-winning side. He was appointed captain of both the ODI and T20 teams in 2019, with series wins over Australia and England the highlights during his tenure.
In total, the star all-rounder scored 2706 runs and took 55 wickets in ODI cricket. And in T20Is he racked up 1569 runs at a strike rate of 135.14, while also picking up 42 wickets with his handy medium pace.
And in 2021, Pollard became only the third player in the history of the men's international game to hit six sixes in a single over, with his effort against Sri Lanka's Akila Dananjaya helping him into elite company alongside Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh.
Former India men's cricket team chief coach Ravi Shastri has opined that Virat Kohli should take a break from the sport in order to overcome his lean patch.
Kohli, the former India skipper in all three formats, stepped down from captaincy roles last year. He has not scored a century in any format since November 2019.
He has had an equally dismal time in the ongoing Indian Premier League with just 119 runs in seven matches at an average of 19.83.
On Tuesday, Royal Challengers Bangalore's Kohli was out first ball in the IPL game against Lucknow Super Giants at the DY Patil Stadium, though skipper Faf du Plessis played an absolutely flawless 96-run innings to guide his team to victory.
With that disappointing outing in the middle, Kohli set a dubious record, going 100 competitive games without a century. Kohli has now gone 17 Tests, 21 ODIs, 25 T20Is, and 37 IPL matches without reaching the three-figure mark, according to a tweet put out by cricket statistician Mahzer Arshad.
India are set to travel to England for a one-off Test in July, to complete their prematurely abandoned WTC23 series last year, and Shastri, who worked closely with Kohli during his time as India's head coach, believes the former captain is "overcooked" and is in need of a break.
"I am going straight to the main guy here. Virat Kohli is overcooked. If anyone needs a break, it's him," Shastri said on the Star Sports show on Tuesday, after Kohli's first-ball duck.
Kohli last scored a century in the Kolkata Test in 2019, against Banglades.
"Whether it's two months or a month-and-a-half, whether it's after (the) England (tour in July) or before England -- he needs a break because he has got six-seven years of cricket left in him and you don't want to lose that with a fried brain."
Former England batter Kevin Pietersen echoed similar sentiments. "The guy has had so much to deal with, from marriage to baby to media scrutiny and all on his personal life. He is the biggest star on show," he said.
"Virat Kohli needs to say, 'Cricket boots, for six months, I will see you later.' Turn off social media, go and get re-energised. When the stadiums are full again, you guarantee him a spot in that side for the next 12, 24 or 36 months. Tell him - You're our guy. We know you'll deliver for us."
Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja's superb run in the recently-concluded away series against Pakistan has seen him leapfrog batting stalwarts such as David Warner, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Rohit Sharma and Travis Head to jump six spots to No.7 in the latest ICC Test Rankings for batters released on Wednesday.
India's Rohit Sharma and Kohli have dropped one place to eighth and 10th respectively, while Pant is out of the top-10 and is 11th in the latest rankings list.
Khawaja was easily the standout batter in the three-match Test series against Pakistan, having aggregated 496 runs from five innings at a mindboggling 165.33. His scores in the series read 97, 160, 44 not out, 91 and 104 not out -- the last two coming in Australia's series-clinching 115-run win in the third Test at Lahore. That was after he had begun the year with twin hundreds in the New Year's drawn Ashes Test in Sydney, which happened to be his comeback to the format after more than two years.
Pakistan's Abdullah Shafique, who finished as the second-highest run-scorer in the series with 397 runs at 79.40, has jumped 22 spots to break into the top-40, while Mohammad Rizwan has slipped eight spots to No. 19.
England skipper Joe Root has slipped to No.4, with Australia's Steve Smith and New Zealand's Kane Williamson taking up the No. 2 and 3 positions respectively in a chart led by Australia's Marnus Labuschagne.
Among all-rounders, India's Ravindra Jadeja continues to retain the top position, while Ravichandran Ashwin has displaced West Indies' Jason Holder at the No.2 spot. West Indies all-rounder Kyle Mayers brilliance against England in the third Test at Grenada has helped him leap a staggering 29 spots to No. 11.
Among bowlers, Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah are placed second and fourth respectively in a field led by Aussie Test skipper Pat Cummins. Mayers, who bagged 2/13 and 5/18 in the third Test, his only appearance in the series, has jumped 33 spots to No.48 among bowlers as well. Pakistan's Shaheen Afridi has displaced New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson to claim the fifth spot, while Australian pace bowler Mitchell Starc has jumped four spots to No.11.
In fact, Cummins has further consolidated his status as the top-ranked Test bowler, after having bagged 12 wickets from three Tests, including a game-changing five-for in the third.
In ODIs, Adam Zampa jumped six positions to break into top 10 in the latest ICC ODI Rankings for bowlers. Zampa returned 4/38 in Australia's 88-run win over Pakistan on March 29. Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan jumped four spots to No. 8, while fellow countryman Taskin Ahmed jumped up 15 spots to No.33, with the latter having returned 5/35 in Bangladesh's dominant nine-wicket win over South Africa last week. South Africa's Kagiso Rabada meanwhile, has slipped from No.8 to No. 13.
Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal has jumped to No.20 in the batting rankings, while South Africa's Quinton de Kock has slipped a spot to fifth, being overtaken by Rohit Sharma. Pakistan's Imam-ul-Haq's gallant hundred on Tuesday has helped him return to the top 10.
Babar Azam, Trent Boult and Shakib continue to top the batting, bowling and all-rounders' charts respectively.
Australia thrashed Pakistan by 88 runs in the first ODI, to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, here on Tuesday.
With this victory, Australia jumped to the fourth spot from seventh in the ICC Men's World Cup Super League standings, with 70 points after 10 matches. On the other hand, Pakistan remained in the second half of the table, at the 11th position with 40 points.
Pakistan's decision to bowl first backfired as Australia put up a daunting 313/7. Surviving a couple of close calls, openers Travis Head and Aaron Finch put on a 110-run stand to lay the foundation. After Finch's dismissal, Head combined with Ben McDermott to bring up a half-century stand for the second wicket.
Head got a superb hundred off just 70 balls but was out soon after, with debutant Zahid Mehmood claiming the important scalp. However, crucial contributions from the middle and lower-middle order, including a 30-ball 40 not out from Cameron Green, helped Australia set Pakistan a 314-run target, an ICC report said.
In their reply, Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman (18) early in the chase but a 96-run partnership between Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam frustrated the Australian bowlers. Things turned around when Azam was out soon after he got his 18th ODI fifty.
Three more wickets fell in the next six overs. However, Imam-ul-Haq continued to plunder runs and brought up a splendid century that pushed Pakistan past the 200-run mark.
The hosts' joy was short-lived, however, as debutant Ellis nailed Imam with a fiery yorker, and Pakistan slipped to 204/6. The home side imploded thereafter, with Adam Zampa going past 100 ODI wickets as Pakistan were bowled out for 225 runs.
The two remaining matches of the ODI series will be played at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore on March 31 and April 2.
Brief scores: Australia 313/7 in 50 overs (Travis Head 101, Haris Rauf 2-44) beat Pakistan 225 in 45.2 overs (Imam ul Haq 103; Adam Zampa 4-38) by 88 runs.