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India captain Virat Kohli is set to end the year 2020 as the top-ranked ODI batsman after retaining the spot in the latest rankings released by ICC. The 32-year-old is followed by his compatriot Rohit Sharma, who continues to occupy the second spot despite not featuring in the recently-concluded 3-match ODI series against Australia because of a hamstring injury.

Virat Kohli smashed two half-centuries in the Australia versus India ODI series have cemented his spot at the top with 870 points. Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, Ross Taylor and Australia captain Aaron Finch are the 3rd, 4th and 5th ranked batters, respectively.

In more good news for the Indian cricket team and its fans, Hardik Pandya has made his first appearance in the top 50 batsmen. With a career-best 553 points Hardik Pandya is sitting on the 49th position.

For Australia, captain Aaron Finch’s innings of 114 in the 1st ODI match against India, followed by 60 and 75 helped him reach a career-best tally of 791 points and 5th place. Steve Smith’s pair of 62-ball centuries in the first two matches has powered him back into the top 20 of ODI rankings for the first time since 2018. He is currently at 15th position with 707 points. Glenn Maxwell, with two fifties aggregated 167 runs in the series and that has helped him get back in the top 20 as well. This is the first time Maxwell has been in the top 20 since February 2017.

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